Study: Loud Snoring Thins The Skull

It seems snoring is doing more than annoying your bed partner. University of Indiana researchers scanned the skulls of 114 people ages 40 to 60, of which 56 had moderate-to-severe sleep apnea. They found those with sleep apnea had skulls that were up to 1.23 mm thinner compared to those without the condition. Researchers caution that skull erosion of up to just one millimeter is enough to cause a life-threatening condition called spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leak (sCSF-L), which is when the liquid that cushions and protects the brain and spinal cord flows out of the skull through the thinned out area. The condition can lead to dementia-like symptoms, as well as coma, stroke, or even death. Researchers say, “Patients with skull thinning on CT imaging may be at increased risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and those patients should be considered for OSA screening.”