Snoring may seem like it’s no big deal, just a minor annoyance to your partner. You may not even realize it’s happening. However, snoring can be a sign of something more serious, so it’s important to discuss this problem with your doctor.
As many as 90 million Americans report snoring at one time or another, while 37 million say they snore regularly. Sometimes their snoring really is harmless. But it’s a problem if it makes you wake up throughout the night and, as a result, you feel tired all day. In the worst cases, snoring can signal a serious condition such as obstructive sleep apnea, a common condition is linked to cardiac problems and can be fatal if left untreated.
Snoring is a problem to talk to the doctor about, as is anything that interferes with a good night’s sleep. “Getting regular sleep is important to our physical and mental health,” says Christine Won, MD, medical director of the Yale Centers for Sleep Medicine. “Inadequate or poor sleep may make us prone to obesity and cardiovascular disease. Sleep is also important for well-being, stress management, and resilience.”