Snoring: A New Tip-Off To Stroke and Heart Disease
A new study has claimed snoring while pregnancy is linked to smaller babiesPhoto: ALAMY (POSED BY MODEL) By Nick Collins , Science Correspondent 7:00PM GMT 31 Oct 2013 Comments In the largest study to date of the link between maternal snoring and baby health, researchers found that snoring for three or more nights per week was a warning sign of both smaller babies and C-sections. Women who snored before and during pregnancy were at greatest risk, with a two thirds greater chance of having a baby in the bottom ten per cent of birth weight than non-snorers, and twice the chance of needing an elective C-section. But even women who only started snoring during pregnancy were still at greater risk of both outcomes than women who did not snore at all, the study found. Snoring could be a warning sign of health problems such as obstructive sleep apnoea, a breathing problem which lowers blood oxygen levels at night, as well as high blood pressure and preeclampsia, researchers explained. The study of 1,673 pregnant women, published in the Sleep journal, found that 35 per cent of women reported habitual snoring during pregnancy.
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How Snoring Can Wreak Havoc On A Marriage
The researchers suggested that the damage could be due to the trauma and inflammation caused by the vibrations of snoring. However, previous research on the connection between sleep apnea and artery disease has found a reverse connection the arterial damage comes first, lowering the amount of oxygen in the blood, leading to breathing interruptions. It could be that thickening of the arteries is contributing to the snoring as well, not just the other way around. One more thing to pay attention to: The patients in the Henry Ford study were all between the ages of 18 and 50. Deeb, the studys lead author, hopes his research will lead people to treat snoring as a reason to visit the doctor and discuss cardiovascular health and stroke prevention.
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According to the National Sleep Foundation, 39 percent of American adults get less than seven hours of sleep each weeknight , and more than one in three (37 percent) are so sleepy during the day that it interferes with daily activities. The sleep loss associated with snoring — whether it’s the snorer or the bed partner who is awakened by the snoring, interrupts important recuperative sleep, which can impair a person’s ability to perform cognitive tasks involving memory, learning, reasoning and mathematical processes. It can impair motor skills and can cause morning headaches, irritability, burnout and depression, to mention just a few symptoms. Symptoms can be even more severe for the snorer if they have sleep apnea, a condition which causes them to stop breathing often many times a night and wake gasping for air. Sleep apnea is linked to lung and heart disease, diabetes, obesity and stroke. The disruption of sleep from snoring is causing couples to have a hard time sleeping together.
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