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Snoring can be a sign of something more serious.
What is snoring?
Nearly half of U.S. adults admit to snoring, at least occasionally, making it one of the most common health issues. When we sleep, the soft tissues in the mouth and throat relax, just as our muscles relax. When we breathe, those soft tissues may vibrate, making the sounds we call snoring. Simple. But sometimes snoring is a sign of a more serious health problem.
Sleep apnea is a common disorder for seniors.
Sleep apnea is when the soft tissues relax so much that they obstruct the airway causing a person to stop breathing. Poor sleep caused by apnea is linked to a number of health issues like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and dementia.
When to get help.
Snoring may be annoying, but it does not commonly interfere with restful sleep. If you wake up often during the night, don't wake up feeling refreshed, or feel tired throughout the day, you may have a sleep apnea issue and you should talk to your doctor. There are a number of ways to address apnea, from noninvasive treatments including lifestyle changes and using a device while you sleep, to surgery.
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