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DANGERS OF SNORING

What are some of the warnings being published about Snoring and Sleep apnea:

Herald Sun Wed 16th June 2004.

HEALTH WATCH page 28. Dr John Reid, Swinburn University's Brain Sciences Institute.

There's more to being sleepy than just not sleeping.

WAKE UP SLEEPY HEAD!

Under new Victorian laws (Australia) announced last week, drivers who fall asleep at the wheel and cause a fatal crash face up to 20 years jail.

Drowsy drivers were previously only able to be charged with dangerous driving, with a 2

year maximum term.

Vic Roads estimates up to 25 per cent of all road accidents are linked to sleepiness.

Causes include among other situations such as Shift work etc. Snoring and effect on Partners of Snorers, Sleep Disorders such as Sleep Apnea.

Sleep Disorders are a serious medical condition.

A possible risk factor for high blood pressure

Staff Mayo Clinic

If you have sleep apnoea — a potentially serious disorder in which your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep — your problems could go beyond the loud snoring and other nocturnal noises that are often associated with this disorder.

You could be at greater risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) and its associated risks of heart attack and stroke.

It's estimated that up to half of those with sleep apnoea also have high blood pressure, and your risk of developing hypertension within four years may as much as triple if you have obstructive sleep apnoea, says Sheldon Sheps, M.D., emeritus professor of medicine and former chair of the Division of Hypertension in the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

Preliminary research indicates there may be a link between the two. Fortunately, you can take steps to reduce or eliminate both disorders.

It's apparent that many of those who have sleep apnoea — about 50 percent — have high blood pressure.

Middle-aged men with obstructive sleep apnoea also may be five times more likely than those without this condition to develop heart disease.

And those who have central sleep apnoea may have an increased risk of developing an impaired pumping action of the heart, a potentially dangerous heart rhythm abnormality.

However, it's unknown whether sleep apnea actually causes these conditions, or results from the fact that those who are more prone to them — the overweight and sedentary — are also more likely to develop sleep apnea.

A study published in the August 2000 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that people who snore loudly — in the absence of other risk factors for sleep-disordered breathing, such as obesity — are 1½ times more likely than others to have highblood pressure.

Some research suggests a possible explanation: These breathing stoppages seem to damage the endothelial cells that line blood vessel walls and help regulate blood pressure by causing vessels to expand (dilate).

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Study links snoring to hypertension April 11, 2000

Web posted at: 4:14 p.m. EDT (2014 GMT) From staff reports NEW YORK (CNN) --

Snoring may contribute to high-blood pressure, according to a new study.

Researchers studied sleep and cardiovascular information on 6,132 people who were at least 40 years old. Suspension of breathing -- often while snoring -- induces stress, and stress increases the risk of hypertension, researchers said.

Doctors at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore and other participants in the study found that the risk of high-blood pressure increased with the severity of the apnoea, or suspension of breathing.

"We found that there's evidence of sleep apnea and high-blood pressure both in younger and older individuals, both in men and women, and both in white, African Americans and native Americans and other groups,"said Dr. F. Javier Nieto of Johns Hopkins.