Why snoring loudly could be linked to heart disease, hypertension or worse

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a common condition among Singaporeans. Experts from SingHealth Polyclinics explain how to deal with it – including doing mouth exercises like ‘tongue tai chi’, what we call myofunctional therapy (MFT).

OSA is a common condition seen among Singaporeans, as it turns out. According to Dr Tan, over 1,000 patients visit SingHealth Polyclinics every month, and a telltale sign they have it: Snoring.

“The danger of sleep apnoea is the combination of disturbed sleep and oxygen starvation, which may lead to hypertension, heart disease, heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, or even stroke,” said Dr Tan Teck Shi, the clinical lead for a respiratory workshop with SingHealth Polyclinics.

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