Snoring Linked to Cancer
So how bad is SNORING? Everybody does it right? You know the jokes: sawing logs...waking up the dead...snoring through the walls... But it can get to the point where snoring is dangerous! Snoring and other types of 'sleep disordered breathing' can deprive the body of enough oxygen for hours at a time.
Scientists now believe having low blood oxygen levels can trigger the development of cancerous tumours, by promoting the growth of the vessels that feed them.
They say in future doctors could help people fight the disease by stopping them snoring.
Researchers in the US looked at cancer rates in more than 1,500 people, in a study of sleep problems that has been going for 22 years.
They found those with severe sleep disordered breathing (SDB) were 4.8 times more likely to develop cancer than those who had no such problems.
By far the most common type of sleep disordered breathing problem is obstructive sleep apnea.
In this, the airway frequently collapses during the breathing cycle, leaving the sleeper struggling for breath. Typically this produces snoring and repeated forced waking.
Sleep apnea is already known to be associated with other health problems including obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
Here are 3 quick ways to help stop snoring:
- Lose weight
- No alcohol or sedatives at bedtime
- Avoid sleeping FLAT on your back