Every year around 125,000 adults suffer heart attacks or stroke through high blood pressure that could be reduced if they knew to stop snoring.
You probably know that you snore. But, you might not know your blood pressure or even what your blood pressure should be. That is why Blood Pressure UK are promoting ‘Know Your Numbers Week’ starting on 18th September.
What is high blood pressure?
Your Doctor measures your blood pressure and gives it as 2 numbers. The first number measures the pressure of your blood as your heart beats and pushes blood around your body. The second figure measurers the pressure of your blood as your heart rests between beats.
If the first number is more than 90 but less than 120 and the second number is between 60 and 80, then your blood pressure reading is ideal and healthy.
However, if that first figure is between 120 and 140, then you are in ‘pre-high blood pressure’. Over 140 and you have ‘high blood pressure’. This can also be known as hypertension and is a key factor in your risk of heart attack, stroke and even kidney disease.
How is blood pressure damaging to your health?
Your blood carries oxygen from your lungs and other nutrients around your body. It needs to be under some pressure to move it through your blood vessels. The beats of your heart supply the pressure that pushes your blood through these vessels.
Snoring is a sign that your breathing is not as efficient whilst you are asleep. Inefficient breathing results in not enough oxygen getting to your lungs. Therefore, your heart has to beat harder and faster to get oxygen around your body. This extra work creates a higher than normal pressure in your blood vessels. Over worked hearts are more likely to fail, potentially sparking a fatal heart attack. Over-stressed blood vessels are more likely to leak or even burst. Blood leaking into the brain is the cause of stroke.
Research is providing more and more evidence that sleep related breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) – an extreme form of the disorder characterised by heaving snoring are linked to high blood pressure.
Know your Numbers – Snoring and high blood pressure
There are about 25 million snorers in the UK. That is about 40% of the population. An estimated 1.5 million adults in the UK are thought to have the severe snoring condition OSA. 85% of these are undiagnosed and untreated. An estimated 50% of patients with hypertension also have OSA. Studies into the effect on blood pressure, for patients receiving OSA treatment showed that it is also lowered their blood pressure.
How to stop snoring and reduce your risk of hypertension
Studies indicate that taking action to reduce your snoring, or other sleep related breathing disorders, can help reduce your blood pressure and your risk of heart attack and stroke.
If you think you might have the severe sleep related breathing disorder OSA Obstructive Sleep Apnoea you should see your doctor. Stop snoring and OSA therapies might include CPAP, constant positive airway pressure and the Snoreeze Oral Device.
Snoreeze offer a range of snoring relief nasal and throat sprays, throat rinse, dissolve in the mouth oral tabs and external support nasal strips, all developed to relieve airway narrowing and increase the natural hydration of your nasal and throat lining.
For heavy snoring, the Snoreeze Oral Device helps maintain a free and silent airflow through the airways and throat, in the form of a fully adjustable mouthpiece that gently holds your jaw forward as you sleep.
*Sleep apnoea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths whilst you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typical, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. If you suspect you have OSA, we recommend you see your doctor.
Awareness: Men’s Health Week 12-18 June
Snoring won’t Kill him; but stop your man snoring and it could save his life!
One in 5 British men die before the age of 65. It is no coincidence that some of the biggest killers of men ie. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are linked to symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). OSA is a sleep disorder that causes a sudden break in breathing and very loud snoring.
The big killers of men are present more commonly in men with OSA
If your man’s sudden and very loud snoring often wakes you, then he probably has the symptoms of OSA. Stories of men sleeping through many OSA attacks in a single night are not unusual. Just because he doesn’t wake when he snores, that does not mean his health is not suffering. Showing signs of tiredness, being irritable and unable to concentrate after a night of loud snoring, the chances are his OSA is starting to affect this health.
How snoring and OSA put’s your man’s health at risk
Snoring is the noise made when he’s struggling to breathe whilst asleep. Obstruction of the airways gets more likely as men get older, less fit and put on weight. All these things weaken and put pressure on the muscles that should keep airways open. Obstructed airways means less air gets to the lungs. Sometimes the obstruction is so severe that no air gets to the lungs for between several seconds and up tp a minute. This is called an “apnoea” and if these occur with regularity you probably have OSA.
As a result, dangerously little oxygen gets to the brain. It reacts by momentarily waking him and causes him to take a sudden, deep and very noisy breath.
The Killers: Sleep apnoea and heart disease
With each OSA attack, your oxygen-starved brain tells your lungs and heart to work harder. This sudden speeding up breaks the natural rhythm of your heart, causing stress damage. Stress on your heart causes it to enlarge by thickening its walls. It is harder to get vital oxygen into the tissues of an enlarged heart, causing it to work less efficiently. OSA is giving your man a weaker, less efficient heart that is vulnerable to sudden stress. Everything he needs for a potentially fatal heart attack.
Not only does the heart speed up when your lungs are not getting enough oxygen, if you have an apnoea the whole body momentarily springs into action just to get the breathing started again. This action needs an energy supply. A hormone called insulin is vital to managing blood sugar during sleep and the day.
Everytime an apnoea attack wakes him up, the sudden demand for energy crashes his insulin management system. Eventually the body becomes insulin resistant leaving him unable to control his soaring blood sugar levels. This is type 2 Diabetes.
The Killers: Sleep apnoea and stroke
Strokes are caused by brain damage. This damage can be due to oxygen starvation when blood flow to the brain is blocked by a blood clot or by a burst blood vessel leaking blood into the brain.
A brain becomes more fragile with age. Increasing weight and lack of fitness make these blood vessels even narrower and more prone to blockage or bursts.
Sleep disorders, like OSA, starve a brain of oxygen and make a heart beat faster to make up for the shortfall. Extra blood pressure from a suddenly raised heart beat is dangerous for the brain. Heavy snoring is a sign that the brain is at risk of oxygen starvation.
Relieving snoring lowers the risk of early death – FACT!
Anything that helps your man to breathe easily whilst he sleeps will cut his risk of early death. Snore-free sleep will reduce stress on the heart and blood sugar levels.
Helping to keep airways open with the aid of Snoreeze all natural lozenges, nasal sprays, throat spray and dissolve in the mouth oral strips will ease night-time snoring. For heavy snoring, the Snoreeze oral device will gently keep him breathing freely all night long.
Stopping snoring is the effective first step towards lowering the risk of killer diseases and ensuring a long and healthy life.
*Sleep apnoea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound. If you suspect you have OSA, we recommend you see your doctor.