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How does snoring affect our health?
If you are one of the people who snore while sleeping, it not only harms your partner's sleep but also your health. Snoring can pose a serious health risk because it is difficult to swallow and increases the risk of developing sleep apnea with fatal complications.
A recent study by the Swedish Umeå University showed that snoring has a negative effect on our swallowing and promotes the development of sleep apnea. The results of the study were published in the English-language journal "Respiratory Research".
Vibrations while snoring damage sensitive tissue
Vibrations from snoring damage sensitive tissues in the airways, and they also prevent the damage caused from healing. Such damage can make swallowing difficult and increase the risk of developing sleep apnea with fatal complications. For the study, the Swedish researchers examined the so-called uvula muscles of 22 people. They found changes in the proteins in the muscle, which showed that they were damaged by vibrations while snoring. Injuries are not to be understood in the sense of bleeding or tearing, but the internal structure of the tissue and nerves has been damaged and the muscle has broken down. The same vibrations also prevented the injuries from healing, which could damage the airways in the long term.
Snoring is a health risk
In addition to the disruptive effects for the partner, constant snoring can also pose a significant health risk, the authors of the study explain. The results of the study could lead to early prevention measures and, in the long term, also improve the healing of damaged tissue. The typical injuries found were in the upper airways, including the neck, nose and mouth. The researchers found a link between this type of damage and difficulty swallowing or sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes people to stop breathing when they sleep, and if the disease is not treated or controlled, it can increase the risk of increased blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat, and even cause someone to have a stroke or heart attack.
Snoring prevented self-healing
During the investigation, the team found substances that were produced by the regeneration of nerve cells, which indicates that the body was trying to heal itself. The vibrations caused by snoring prevented the substances from successfully initiating a cure. These new findings provide a clearer picture of the effects of snoring noises on our health. (as)