The researchers looked at the carotid arteries in snorers and found increased thickening of the artery walls, indicating damage already setting in. 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.
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Sleep better with an anti-snoring device
Related Stories Carrs Denture & Implant Solutions People with sleep apnea can stop breathing several times a night, sometimes up to 30 times or more per hour. Breathing can stop for up to a minute before normal breathing starts again. The transition from not breathing to breathing again can result in a snorting or choking sound and often brings the person from a deep sleep to a lighter sleep. This can lead to feeling exhausted the next day, even if on the surface it appears that a full night’s sleep occurred. Not getting enough deep sleep can cause impairments with your memory, poor work performance and a decreased sex drive. Sleep apnea can also lead to more serious conditions, including high blood pressure, irregular heart beat or heart failure, obesity, and diabetes. There are several ways to treat sleep apnea, depending on its severity. Those with severe sleep apnea may benefit from wearing a mask attached to a machine that helps regulate their breathing. With milder sleep apnea and snoring, often an anti-snoring device can be effective in helping you get a better night’s sleep.
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