Negative Effects of Snoring and
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Relationship and marital discord
Loud snoring noises can disrupt the sleep of not only the snorer but also the snorers bed partner and others in the household. This is referred to as “second hand snoring”. It has been calculated that a partner can lose 49 minutes of sleep per night.This can be a source of great frustration and anger in their relationship and in some cases it may even cause divorce.
Heart attack, stroke, or even death
Research confirms that people with sleep apnea have a higher incidence of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Many people die each year from the serious negative effects of obstructive sleep apnea.
Industrial and traffic accidents
People with obstructive sleep apnea have a three times greater risk of having an automobile or work-related accident than those in the general population and a seven times greater risk of other accidents. Driving licenses can be at risk, and insurability may be an issue. The snorers bed partner also has an increased risk of traffic accidents because of fatigue from disrupted sleep.
Loss of energy and productivity
A lack of restful sleep can cause reduced productivity at home and work.
Mental health problems
As a result of lost productivity, relationship discord, accidents, and health problems, depression may occur.
Predisposing factors for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Increased age
- Increased weight/obesity
- Male gender
- Post menopausal females
- Small upper airway, large tongue
- Alcohol or sedative hypnotics
- Enlarged Thyroid