A study found that people who snore LOUDLY have a higher risk of cancer.
At night, the body does not receive vital oxygen for people with obstructive sleep apnea sleep apnea – about 1.5 million Britons.
Loud sleepers are also more likely to develop blood clots and brain loss as they age.
The condition, which causes severe snoring, choking or shortness of breath at night, needs to be diagnosed and treated to avoid harm to health, experts say.
Dr. Andreas Palm from Uppsala University in Sweden said: “Our results show that oxygen deficiency due to obstructive sleep apnea is linked to cancer.
“In the past, it was unclear whether this was due to sleep apnea itself or to associated risk factors such as obesity, heart disease and lifestyle factors.”
to sleep sleep apnea is a condition where a person’s breathing stops for a short period during sleep.
This causes blood oxygen levels to drop, which can starve the body’s vital organs and tissues, causing severe cell damage in severe cases.
People who are obese, smokers, or drinkers are more likely to suffer.
Three studies presented at the European Respiratory Society conference link the condition to serious health problems.
Data from 4,200 Swedes showed that people with severe sleep apnea were more likely to get cancer than those with lung cancer.
And a separate study of 358 people conducted by the Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland found that sleep problems lead to slower thinking.
Brain cells are very sensitive to changes in oxygen, and long-term drops can mean the mind ages faster.
Study author Dr. Nicola Marchi said: “We found that obstructive sleep apnea, and in particular low oxygen levels during sleep, was associated with greater declines in cognitive function, processing speed and verbal memory.
“We found that people aged 74 and older and men are at greater risk of sleep apnea-related cognitive decline.”