Is Snoring Serious?When you snore, it may keep your wife or husband, kids, and maybe even the dog awake at night. Additionally, you may dread trips with friends or coworkers where you will be sharing a room. Yes, snoring is embarrassing and annoying, but could it be worse than just that?
Unfortunately, the answer to that question is yes. Snoring may be an indication of several health concerns. Often, it is a symptom of sleep apnea, a medical condition that negatively impacts your breathing.
There are two kinds of sleep apnea to be aware of: Central and Obstructive.
Obstructive is the more common kind. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in your throat relax and block part of your airway.
Central sleep apnea is less common, but the more serious. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to signal to the muscles that control your breathing.
Both sleep apnea and snoring can be a result of other, more serious, health problems. These health problems include:
- Heart Disease
- GERD (Acid Reflux)
- Irregular heartbeat
- Excessive weight gain
The severity of your snoring does not matter; loud or quiet, it could be a sign of something much worse than just snoring. If you are a snorer, there is hope. We suggest first consulting a physician or sleep therapist.
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