Snoring can be caused by many problems, such as obesity, pregnancy, allergies and other factors. The risks of snoring are many. Those who snore can suffer from conditions such as sleep apnea, a medical condition where the muscles of the throat collapse and obstruct the movement of air. Sleep apnea can lead to stroke, and in fact, most sufferers have a 40% greater chance of dying early than those who do not have the condition. Snoring can cause its sufferers to have sleep deprivation, a lack of mental alertness during the day, fatigue, and more serious medical problems.
One analysis found that snoring is related to the risk of a certain kind of atherosclerosis, which narrows the arteries of the neck due to fatty plaque deposits, causing the risk of stroke. The more one snores and the louder and longer they snore, the greater the risk for stroke. Side effects of snoring can include daytime sleepiness, depression, high blood pressure and heart disease. If left untreated, it can cause serious physical and emotional problems due to the fatigue and headaches it can create in the sufferer. Moodiness, irritability and a frequent need to urinate at night are all symptoms of snoring.