Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Snoring

Dear Dr. Walt,

My wife is concerned about my snoring. It bothers her more than me. She’s concerned and says I should have it evaluated.

—Sawing Logs in North Dakota

Dear Mr. Snore,

First of all, as my wife frequently reminds me: “Happy wife; happy life.” A wise mentor of mine once told me, “If she (your wife or your mother) recommends, you better very carefully consider it.” But, wise aphorisms aside, sawing logs when you sleep—which we laugh about when we watch snoring in cartoons and sit-coms—is being implicated by researchers as being no laughing matter at all.

Snoring, especially when associated with condition called sleep apnea, can dramatically increase a person’s risk for a number of serious diseases, such as heart attack and stroke. Now scientists have discovered that isolated snoring, without sleep apnea, is also potentially dangerous—leading to a greater risk to develop some forms of cardiovascular disease than those who are overweight, smoke, or have high cholesterol.

Those occasionally ZZZs probably don’t hurt, but if you snore nightly, particularly if you’re shaking the walls in your bedroom or irritating your spouse, that should be a wake-up call to talk to your doctor. A number of therapies are available to treat snoring and will not only have you resting easier—and quieter—but preventing potential disease (and marital disruption) at the same time.

This Q&A was originally published in the March 2015 edition of Today’s Christian Living.

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