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Does snoring increase my risk of health problems?

Loud and excessive snoring, especially if a person is overweight or has high blood pressure, is often accompanied by sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition that is far more common than generally understood. People who suffer from sleep apnea may stop breathing for brief periods up to several hundred times per night. Sleep apnea raises a person's risk for heart attack and stroke.
Anthony Cirillo
Geriatric Medicine
People who snore loudly, have difficulty falling asleep, or often wake up feeling tired may also be at increased risk of developing heart disease and other health problems, according to a study out of the University of Pittsburgh.

Researchers asked more than 800 people between the ages of 45 and 74 about the quality of their sleep. Three years later, the people who reported snoring loudly were more than twice as likely to have metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, low LDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, and excess belly fat.

Overall, 14% of the study participants developed metabolic syndrome. African Americans were more susceptible than whites, as were sedentary people.

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