Can you die from snoring? Yes you can.
The difference between Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes a person to shallowly breathe or pause breathing. Snoring is a vibration of the respiratory system that causes sounds due to the movement of blocked air. Snoring is the result of sleep apnea most of the time due to an obstructed air passage. The respiratory structures commonly involved are the uvula and the palate and this is due to one of the following situations: the misplaced jaw, the accumulation of fat around the throat, the weakness of the throat that causes it to close during sleep and the obstruction of the airways.
The difference between sleep apnea and snoring is that the former is a cause, while the latter can be its result. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that must be treated immediately because it has significant effects in the body. A person with sleep apnea will stop breathing for a few seconds, which could happen up to 50 times a night! This will cause the person to become tired and tired during the day, as these breathing breaks briefly wake them up in the middle of the night to catch their breath. Snoring on the other hand is also a sleep disorder resulting from airway congestion or blockage. Sleep apnea can cause snoring, but other factors such as enlarged tonsils and adenoids can also cause this disorder.
The difference between sleep apnea and snoring. Most people will not know if they snore or have sleep apnea, because this only happens if they are asleep. A bed partner can notice this in him. If the individual snores, it does not mean that he or she has sleep apnea because snoring can be the result of many other things, such as enlarged tonsils. If a doctor diagnoses that a person has sleep apnea, he or she can recommend treatment right away because it could cause more serious illnesses in the future.
What are the health consequences of Sleep Apnea?
- High blood pressure
Nearly 40% of people with high blood pressure also suffer from sleep apnea. This figure rises to 80% when it comes to people taking 3 or 4 drugs to lower their blood pressure.
If you have high blood pressure and sleep apnea, starting treatment may help you lower your blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular events. But treatment with CPAP cannot replace your treatment for high blood pressure.
- Cardiovascular diseases
Untreated sleep apnea fatigues the heart and can cause it to malfunction. Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to serious cardiovascular disease, such as coronary heart disease, heart failure or stroke.
By seeking treatment, people with sleep apnea can reduce the risk of developing this type of disease.
- Cerebrovascular accidents
More than 60% of patients who have had a stroke also suffer from sleep apnea.
Stroke victims with untreated sleep apnea may have more difficulty than other patients in restoring their health: recovery from a stroke requires a lot of energy and motivation, and sleepiness caused by sleep apnea can make it difficult to continue a rehabilitation program, which compromises recovery.
Stroke victims with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to die as a result of their stroke.
People with sleep apnea are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
In addition, sleep apnea is frequently found in people with diabetes and may worsen their condition. An improvement in the balance of diabetes would seem possible in some apneic patients treated with CPAP. However, this benefit is still uncertain, especially in the case of obesity.
About 40% of obese people suffer from sleep apnea. It has been shown that lack of sleep and sleep apnea promote weight gain over time. The mechanisms involved are not well identified, but it seems that sleep apnea disrupts the secretion of certain hormones involved in satiety. In return, obesity, especially in the abdomen, promotes the development of sleep apnea syndrome and its severity, creating a vicious circle.
Celebrity deaths because of the Sleep Apnea
- Reggie White
American professional gridiron football player who was one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the history of the sport. He was 43, he had been a heavy snorer during is life. His breathing would often stop during sleep and then start up again. These are classic symptoms of sleep apnea. A sleep study confirmed that Reggie was indeed suffering from the disorder. But he never realized just how dangerous sleep apnea can be.
- John Candy
He was one of Canada's greatest and funniest character actors. Is dead of a heart attack at 43 and he had all the symptoms of the sleep apnea but he did not treat it.
- Antonin Scalia
He was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1986, he died at 79 years old. He had suffered from heart trouble and high blood pressure, these are the classic consequences of sleep apnea.
- Jerry Garcia
He was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist who died at 53 years old of a heart attack. He died from complications of sleep apnea, he was also a diabetic.
- Carrie Fisher
She was an American actress, writer and comedian and she is best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. She died at 60 years old four days after suffering a heart attack during a flight. Medical examiners concluded that "sleep apnea and other undetermined factors" contributed to her death.