Is Snoring as Bad as Smoking for your Heart?

For many people snoring is considered nothing more than a pesky bedroom annoyance, it may cause you to sleep apart or spend the night wide awake shaking and elbowing your partner to stop the noise.

Snoring is generally considered as a “cosmetic” problem, often the source of humour. However a new study performed by a Hospital in Michigan, USA, reiterates the fact that snoring is actually indicative of greater health issues.

Snoring may actually be the initial sign of cardiovascular problems and that should be treated in the same regard as smoking as far as your cardiovascular health is concerned. Sleep Apnea is considered to pose the same difficulties to your heart, the closing of the airways and the periodic lack of oxygen to the brain has negative effects on the health of your heart.

Not all snorers have sleep apnea but both issues may cause trauma to your carotid arteries.

The aforementioned study analysed data from as much as 913 patients, from teenagers to fifty year olds. These patients were snorers between the years of 2006 and 2012 but weren’t Sleep Apnea sufferers, they undertook ultrasound tests that could measure the thickness of their carotid arteries. The thickness of these inner layers of the arteries were found to be thicker than those who didn’t snore.

These findings were actually similar to those found in sufferers of diabetes and worryingly, smokers too.

So just as we all encourage smokers to cut out their unhealthy habit, isn’t it time we start encouraging snorers to cut it out too?

By Richard Owen