Lifestyle

Snoring Isn't Just Annoying, It Can Also Be Dangerous

If you snore, you may be embarrassed about it or reluctant to look into bulky CPAP masks as a means to prevent breathing problems. The health risks associated with snoring are serious, though, and it's important to find out whether you're just snoring or if you have sleep apnea. Likewise, if you're sleeping next to someone who snores, you may be motivated to help them regulate their night-time breathing. Health risks associated with sleep apnea - or even light snoring - should be a wake-up call to seek help for yourself or a loved one. 

Though sleep apnea and snoring are different things, both are disruptive to the snorer's sleep and those who have to listen to them. As to why you snore, it could be congestion, a deviated septum, or some other airway obstruction, which then leads to impeded breathing.

If you aren't sure if your snoring is sleep apnea, there are simple tests you can find online to determine what kind of snoring you're experiencing. Or you can get a sleep study done to ensure you have nothing to worry about, as even light snoring may be a cause for concern. Either way, there are simple things you can do to alleviate your snoring without medical intervention, like cutting back on drinking, losing weight, or even altering your sleeping position

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