Too little oxygen: Sleeping on your back favors breathing interruptions
Breathing interruptions sometimes occur in people who snore. Affected people should then definitely see a doctor. Because these dropouts mean stress for our body: the risk of various diseases increases.
Increased risk of cardiovascular diseases
Snoring is not only annoying for the partner. It prevents restful sleep and can be accompanied by breathing interruptions. Doctors call this syndrome "sleep apnea". Experts say that around two percent of women and four percent of men between the ages of 30 and 60 are affected by nightly breathing interruptions. Due to the lack of oxygen, there is an increased risk of high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack and stroke. If sleep apnea is suspected, patients should urgently consult a doctor.
Those affected often do not notice the dropouts
The problem is that those affected often do not notice the dropouts and simply continue to sleep. The bed neighbor, on the other hand, is awakened by loud, deep breathing and snoring.
Indications of the nighttime problems can include headache and a dry throat after getting up as well as daytime sleepiness.
Special vests can help here, for example, to prevent the sleeper from lying on his back. Because that favors the misfires, as the news agency dpa reports.
The agency refers to a report by the German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (DGSM).
Special breathing masks can also help if you wear them continuously at night. The masks create a slight negative pressure and pump ambient air into the airways.
According to experts, tongue pacemakers and dental splints can also help against snoring. (ad)