Snoring Sends a Serious Signal

May 8, 2019

Ah, the bedroom! An oasis that beckons at the end of a long and exhausting day - a quiet and enveloping cocoon where a woman can drift into a peaceful and well-deserved sleep. But what starts out as restful slumber can quickly turn into a nightmare of exhaustion when loud snores keep you awake night after night.

Snoring can be a lot more than an irritant to bed partners and listeners as a quarter of the American population are habitual snorers, and the majority are men. Although women, too, can snore, they are typically affected more indirectly. A recent study at the Mayo Clinic found that women who share a bedroom with a loud snorer lose an average of an hour's sleep a night and can suffer from sleep deprivation and fatigue. Even switching bedrooms doesn't always help, because some snorers can be heard right through closed doors.

Snoring is often viewed as fodder for stand-up comics, but according to Dr. Navin Amin of the St. Joseph Hospital Nasal & Sinus Center, "Chronic snoring is no laughing matter. Not only can it affect the health of the snorer's partner, but it can also be an indicator of a more dangerous medical condition called sleep apnea."

In obstructive sleep apnea, the snorer actually stops breathing. This breathless state can last for up to two minutes, reducing the blood's oxygen content and causing fatigue. At worst, the condition can even lead to death.

"A lot of men are not concerned about their snoring until their sleep-deprived mate says, "I've had it. I can't take this anymore." Fortunately, this often spurs the snorer to see a doctor and begin treatment. To learn more about the new advances in treatment options for snoring and how a simple 30-minute procedure can help, plan to attend one of the Nasal & Sinus Center's upcoming community programs. 

Seven out of ten Americans snore to some degree. Snoring is a problem that affects you and your loved ones, whether you're the snorer or the person who's kept awake. We invite you to come and learn more about snoring and sleep apnea, and also the latest treatments available for treating this annoying problem.

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