Don’t let those annoying noises at night become a major problem. Identify the symptoms when you wake up to know if you should consult your doctor.
It is normal for almost anyone to snore from time to time. When breathing, air enters the mouth and passes through the pharynx, the tongue or the palate, and vibrations are produced that result in the sound of snoring. And although snoring as such does not cause any harm to the body, for some people it can become a problem for their partner by being annoying at night, or it can even be an indication of an illness.
The Mayo Clinic explains that snoring occurs when the body goes into a state of deep sleep. At that point, the muscles of the palate, tongue, and throat relax enough to partially block the airway and vibrate. The more those airways are narrowed, the stronger the airflow must be to travel through, increasing tissue vibration and producing a louder snore.
There are also factors that can facilitate snoring, such as the anatomy of the mouth, nasal problems, sleeping position, and even alcohol consumption. However, these noises can be a warning sign of sleep apnea, a condition where the airway is completely blocked for a few seconds and can occur up to 30 times in an hour and even wake the person up with a choking feeling.
According to a report published by the Marca news website CuídatePlus, in the long term, sleep apnea increases blood pressure as well as the risk of stroke and heart attack, and may even facilitate cancer. Some of the recognizable symptoms are waking up with a feeling of shortness of breath, dry mouth, or impaired memory.
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