Sawing wood when you sleep—we laugh when we watch snoring in cartoons and sit-coms, but more studies are indicating it may not be a laughing matter.
Snoring, when associated with sleep apnea, can dramatically increase a person’s risk for a number of serious diseases. Now more and more research shows that isolated snoring, without sleep apnea, is also potentially dangerous.
A recent study shows snoring may put you at a greater risk than those who are overweight, smoke, or have high cholesterol, to have thickening in the carotid arteries that could lead to a stroke.
A little sawing wood doesn’t hurt, but if you’re shaking the walls in your bedroom every night, that’s a wake-up call to talk to your doctor. A number of therapies are available to treat snoring, and have you resting easier—and quieter.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Think you have sleep apnea? Here’s an inexpensive way to predict
- Snoring in children linked to later behavior problems
- Research links sleep apnea to increased cancer risk
- New treatment for sleep apnea more popular with patients
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea: What’s best? Oral appliance or CPAP?
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