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Oman Health: Kill the snore

Do you find it difficult to sleep with all the snoring? Have you given up on finding a solution to your problem? If so, think again, because you could be putting your immune system at risk.



According to a study conducted by a team of 11 Oman-based doctors, snoring can negatively affect your immune system, by causing a lapse in your anti-bacterial defense mechanisms.

“Snoring is a noticeable sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA),” said Dr. Elias Said, the assistant professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, at the Sultan Qaboos University.

“OSA is a breathing disorder that involves a partial or complete halt in airflow while attempting to breathe during sleep,” he explained.

This results in partial reductions in breathing or complete stop of airflow for at least ten seconds during sleep, which could result in a sudden drop in blood-oxygen saturation.

This pattern can happen hundreds of times per night giving rise to an increase in sleep fragmentation, and could adversely affect the patient’s immune system.

The study was conducted on 22 patients diagnosed with severe OSA, in the sleep clinic of the Department of Clinical Physiology.

The study –which was funded by the College of Medicine and Health Sciences –is a new milestone achieved to better understand the effects of this disorder.

Words: Hasan al Lawati