You might think of snoring as a mere nuisance, but, in many cases, it is more. Snoring can have both social and health ramifications. So, if you snore, there is every reason for you to want to stop.
When you snore, you affect not only your sleep but the sleep of your sleeping partner as well. Research shows that when you snore, you wake your sleeping partner more than twenty times an hour, which severely cuts into their restfulness. In many cases, partners of snorers are forced to sleep in separate rooms. Sleeping separately creates lack of intimacy and strains the relationship. This alone should motivate snorers to seek help.
But in addition to the social implications, loud snoring may be a symptom of more serious health problems. Often it is a symptom of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep, and can be life-threatening in older and overweight people.
Sleep apnea raises your blood pressure and reduces the flow of oxygen to your brain, which may cause a stroke or heart attack. Studies also show that sleep apnea can lead to diabetes. People who suffer from sleep apnea are often exhausted during the days and do not perform well in their daytime activities.
Research shows that snoring often is a symptom of a more serious sleeping disorder and should NOT be taken lightly. If you snore, make sure to discuss it with your dentist or doctor. It could mean a better, happier and healthier life for both you and your sleeping partner
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