As irritating as snoring is, most of us wouldn’t think it had any serious consequences, and if it did, we would not connect it to the cause behind destroying part of your skin.
But a new study from Loyola University and a publication in the Journal The Ocular Surface reveals that connection. Also, if you noticed your skin being damaged in this way, you need to seek medical help, as it can be a sign of a much more serious condition.
There is a condition called lax eyelid syndrome, which means that your eyelids are floppy and rubbery and easily flip over, even during simple movements such as turning over in bed and letting them come into contact with your pillow.
It is not common, unless you have sleep apnea, like many snoring-afflicted people do.
Since most people’s sleep apnea goes undetected, this eyelid condition maybe an indicator that your snoring is actually a sleep apnea in disguise.
Researchers invited 35 people suspected of having sleep apnea into a laboratory to monitor their sleep properly. Through this study, 32 of them were diagnosed with sleep apnea.
When they examined their subject’s eyelids, they found that 53% of those with sleep apnea had lax eyelid syndrome. That is a much higher percentage than the general population.
So how does sleep apnea cause lax eyelid syndrome?
1. Sleep apnea coincides with systemic inflammation throughout your body.
2. Inflammation attacks and destroys a protein called elastin, a protein whose job is to allow skin to stretch and contract.
3. Because your eyelids stretch and contract pretty much every time you blink, a lack of elastin can cause floppy eyelids.