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(ARA) - Do you wake up after 8 hours of sleep feeling like you haven't rested at all? Do you suffer from unexplained headaches, high blood pressure, cardiac problems and excessive daytime sleepiness? All your problems could stem from snoring.
Snoring isn't just bad for your relationship with your bed mate -- it's bad for your health too. That's because snoring is the most common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition that literally causes you to stop breathing dozens, sometimes hundreds, of times at night. And you often aren't even aware it's happening.
People suffering from OSA stop breathing at night when their jaw, throat and tongue muscles relax, which causes the airway to become obstructed. Snoring is a symptom that the obstruction is occurring. OSA has been linked to a host of health problems, including:
* Heart failure
* Weight gain
* High blood pressure
* Excessive daytime drowsiness
* Chronic fatigue
* Attention deficit disorder in children
Originally posted by flice
To be honest I read about this some years ago, but brushed it off thinking "I'm not really in that risc group..."
But you say people have died from it? :O That alarms me.
I suffer from the problem of being tired during the day. Even though I'd go to bed around 22-23 and sleep til 7-8 I have this tired sensation during the day and would, when possible, take a nap to recover.
At this point my girlfriend is sleeping with earplugs to drown me out, sometimes she even wakes up in the other end of the bed to "escape" me She once taped me on her phone to show me how bad it is, and man I had no idea :S