We often joke about snoring, and, truthfully, sometimes it is pretty funny. But snoring can also be serious. Snoring is the hallmark of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, which is a serious medical condition linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, obesity and diabetes. So how can you know if someone’s snoring is cause for concern? Here are 5 things to look for. If your snoring is associated with any of these symptoms, you should be evaluated by an expert in snoring and sleep apnea.
1. Your snoring wakes you up. If your snoring is severe enough to wake you from sleep, you should get evaluated.
2. You have headaches in the morning. Morning headaches are a common complaint among people with sleep apnea.
3. Your bed-partner won’t sleep with you. If your snoring is so severe that it has driven your spouse to another room, you should talk with an expert.
4. You spend enough time in bed (typically 7 – 9 hours per night), but do not wake up feeling refreshed. People with sleep apnea do not get normal, restorative sleep, and complain of sleepiness despite “adequate” rest.
5. You can’t lose weight. Sleep apnea makes it extremely difficult for people to lose weight – even if they have a healthy diet and get regular exercise. Improving your sleep can usually make weight loss easier!