Most people are aware if they snore although will often deny it. But many people may not be aware they have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) which accompanies or follows snoring. Sleep apnoea is causing thousands of people to feel constantly tired and lethargic and puts them at risk of other serious health problems including hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and respiratory failure.
A Yale University School of Medicine study* found that people with sleep apnoea are three times more likely to have a stroke or die than people of similar health who do not have the breathing disorder.
Hungarian scientists conducted interviews with 12,643 patients. According to the results, loud snorers had 40% greater risk of having hypertension, 34% greater risk of having a heart attack and 67% greater risk of having a stroke, compared with people who do not snore, after statistical adjustment for sex, age, body mass index, diabetes, level of education, smoking, and alcohol consumption. Quiet snoring was associated only with an increased risk for hypertension in women. **
The Buteyko Method of breathing retraining will help you to stop snoring without the need for anti snoring aids or surgery. The Buteyko Breathing Clinic in Auckland holds regular courses and private consultations. Most clients achieve an improvement in their snoring and reduction in sleep apnoea episodes within the first few days of the programme. Contact us to learn more.
See also our Sleep Apnea page.
Health Professionals: Read more here "Cardiovascular Disease and Health-Care Utilization in Snorers: a Population Survey"
*Yaggi et al 2005 Obstructive sleep apnea as a risk factor for stroke and death. New England Journal of Medicine 10 353 (19): 2034-41