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Health Concerns: What Could Really Be Causing Night Time Snoring?
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Are you wondering why you or a loved one snores so often? For some people, snoring is little more than an annoyance, but others can face rather serious health risks if nothing is done. If you have sinus problems and you have been snoring too often, you should make sure that you consider all of the possible causes so that you know whether you need to take any steps to put an end to this condition. Do not just ignore it, as many people do, and assume that it is nothing that is worth a bit of time and attention.

The Trials of Allergy Season
First off, you should know that some instances of night time snoring can just come from your allergies. If your nose is plugged and you are not breathing normally, your body will naturally try to shift to accommodate it. This is especially true if you sleep on your back. This can cause snoring, but it is really not anything to worry about. The worst problem that you will see is just that you will wake up too often, so you may not get a good night's sleep.

Obstructed Airways
Similarly, you could be snoring without major health concerns if you have obstructed airways. Now, if they are obstructed by a foreign object, this could be a problem, but they are most often just obstructed due to:

  • The common cold.
  • Advanced allergy symptoms.
  • Other nasal sicknesses

None of this poses a real problem for you, and you can usually take over-the-counter medicine to clear up the problem in short order.

The Threat of Sleep Apnea
The one thing that you really need to worry about is sleep apnea. This is a condition in which you actually stop breathing while you are sleeping. It is often caused by an airway that is too weak or relaxed too far, closing while you sleep. It can be brought about by being overweight. When you try to draw a breath, it is very difficult for the air to get over or around this obstruction, and your snoring is a result. However, there are a number of health risks associated with this problem. If you stop breathing for too long, it could lead to more than just disrupted sleep. In fact, it could increase your risk of the following issues:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart attack
  • obesity
  • stroke
  • diabetes
  • heart failure

As you can see, these are serious health concerns that could even lead to death. However, there are things that you can do to lower the risk. Many of these things are lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, giving up smoking, or cutting back on how much alcohol you drink. You should also stay away from things that could make it worse, such as sleeping pills and other sedatives, unless you have no choice. If these things are not enough, it may be time for you to see a sleep specialist.

 

About the author:

Jennifer Caughey is a freelance content writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. Jennifer began to research medical health concerns surrounding snoring when her father was diagnosed with sleep apnea. She has most recently been writing guest posts for The Sinus Doctor.

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