LONDON: If you think that snoring is bad for your health, think again, for a study has suggested that the nocturnal snorts, whistles and wheezes can
give you a long and healthy life, particularly if you are elderly.
Researchers in Israel have carried out the study and found that people aged over 65 years who suffer from a snoring -related condition, called sleep apnoea, tend to live longer than those who do not snore.
According to the researchers, this is because short bursts of hypoxia -- interrupted breathing -- actually have a protective effect on the elderly people by conditioning their cardiovascular system to cope with lack of oxygen.
This means that when oxygen supplies are cut off, as in a heart attack or stroke, the body is better able to cope, they said.
But the study has found that the effects of sleep apnoea do not have the same effect in younger people -- in fact, middle-aged men in particular are at a higher risk of heart disease, the Daily Mail paper reported.
The researchers at Technion Institute have based their findings on an analysis of more than 600 elderly people over a period of four years -- they found fewer heart-related deaths than in a control group of 'healthy' volunteers.
The findings of the study have been presented at a meeting of the European Association for Sleep Research in Glasgow.
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