Heavy snoring can often be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea which is a common serious condition that causes interruptions in breathing during sleep. The symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea can significantly reduce a person’s quality of life and have an obvious impact on work, family, and social life.
Snoring affects the sleeping cycle therefore reducing deep, quality sleep becoming more shallow, fragmented, and un-refreshing. This is then translated into poor daytime function. The person may appear to be lazy, drowsy, and not helpful around the house. Intimacy levels are also affected; this can cause a lot of conflict and difficulty in the relationship where the bed partner may experience sleepless nights and fatigue. Excessive daytime sleepiness is frequent in patients with sleep apnea, this can make it difficult for them to be productive, and their employment might be in jeopardy.
Patients with sleep apnea are more likely to fall asleep at inappropriate times such as driving a car while being sleepy and sometimes the results are fatal. Moreover, depression, anxiety, and irritability are very common among people with untreated sleeping apnea. Depression makes it hard for them to maintain relationships with those around them.
People with sleep apnea are less likely to engage in social activities, especially physical exercise because they are too tired. Impaired cognitive functions such as memory loss, amnesia of events and lack of concentration are also very common.
In summary, sleep apnea is associated with several daytime symptoms, significant deficits, and negative impacts on personal, intellectual, and physical performance combined with the well-being and quality of life for both the patient and his family. It can also affect finances since patients with sleep apnea could have greater rates of hospitalization and other healthcare costs. The importance of resolving any snoring issue should not be swept under the rug and needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.