Snoring is not just a harsh breathing sound during sleep caused by the vibration of the soft palate. It can be generated by several sites along the upper airway. The importance of examining snorers derives from several clinical observations. It is a common symptom of sleep apnea. Even non-apneic snorers can experience subjective symptoms of sleep apnea patients including daytime sleepiness, tiredness, difficulty in concentration, headaches and reduced work performance.
Surveys reveal that 41% of men, and 28% of women are habitual snorers even at a young age. After age 60, the numbers increase to 60% of men and 40% of women.
Snoring is more than just an acoustic nuisance. Systemic hypertension, cardiac dysfunction, angina pectoris (heart pain) and cerebral infarction (stroke) are more frequent in habitual snorers. Snoring alone has also been linked to hypoxemia (low blood oxygen). The use of certain drugs or excessive alcohol can significantly worsen this condition as well.
Pledge now to stop the snoring and improve your health. Take action to see your Doctor or Sleep Specialist at a local sleep center in your area.