Physically, acute snoring can severely impact on natural sleeping patterns, causing exhaustion and a lowered immune system. Over an extended period of time, serious snorers may also develop more severe conditions such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy.
Emotionally, snoring can severely impact on the relationships that snorers have with those around them. Many partners of snorers become resentful due to the fact that they are deprived of sleep on an ongoing basis. Life's simple pleasures such as sharing a good bottle of wine, or going on a family camping trip suddenly become enormous issues. Snoring prevention and effects of snoring suddenly become the focal point of an often otherwise healthy relationship resulting in tension, arguments and in certain cases, even divorce.
An ongoing snoring problem may also affect an individual psychologically. What starts off as harmless ridicule by friends and peers may eventually cause a snorer to become self conscious, introverted and even anti social. Snorers may seek to avoid group holidays and gatherings for fear of keeping others awake. They may also fear falling asleep and thus begin to suffer from the effects of either mild or chronic insomnia.
Snoring Problems may in some cases be the result of certain physiological characteristics which can in fact be treated or cured. These include, among others:
• Sinus Congestion which occurs in those individuals suffering from sinus problems and hay fever.
• Deformities of either the nose or nasal passage, such as a badly healed broken nose or a deviated septum.
• An unusually large uvula or soft palate.
• Tumours or cysts in the airway.
• Enflamed tonsils or excessive throat and neck tissue which is a common occurrence in individuals who are extremely overweight.
• Lack of muscle tone of the muscles of the throat, caused by catalysts such as sleeping medication and alcohol.
It is therefore important that snorers do not simply ignore the problem, but rather consult either their GP or an otolaryngologist who will perform a thorough examination in order to determine the root of the problem and rule out more serious conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.