Snoring is often connected to a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), which carries significant health risks. During sleep, narrowing of the upper airways disrupts breathing while sleeping, causing brain microarousals and reduced oxygen in the body. While not all snorers have OSA, pretty much all OSA patients snore. Seek professional evaluation if your snoring is accompanied by the symptoms of unrefreshing sleep, daytime fatigue, mood swings, diminishing concentration, headaches and generally feeling less than in optimum health.
Unfortunately, it’s a well-established fact that OSA can greatly impact one’s quality of life, and an elevated risk of other health problems. An increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and Type-2 Diabetes is well documented. Other elevated risk factors are neurocognitive decline with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease, and an increased risk of road traffic and workplace accidents together with a decline in performance at work.