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Five Symptoms That Might Mean Your Snoring is a Serious Problem

According to the Mayo Clinic, half of adults snore in their sleep. Some snore occasionally, while others snore every time they sleep. Snoring is what happens when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat as you sleep, making the tissues vibrate and create those sometimes irritating–and very loud–snoring sounds.  In most cases snoring is harmless, but you must not take it lightly.

Symptoms to Heed

Snoring can be a sign of a serious health condition, like obstructive sleep apnea. Below are five symptoms that indicate that your snoring is a warning of something more serious.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Your doctor will ask you about your sleeping patterns to determine if you have a problem that needs further evaluation. If necessary, he may refer you to a sleep disorder center, where a sleep specialist will conduct a sleep study to determine the cause of your sleep pattern. If you have sleep apnea, the type of treatment you receive will depend on the severity of the condition. Treatment may involve:

Be Proactive

See your doctor if you have any of the symptoms mentioned or notice any other changes in your sleep pattern that cause concern. Left untreated, sleep apnea could increase your risk of cardiac disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. You are also at a higher risk for sleep apnea if you have high blood pressure, smoke or are overweight.

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