Is snoring serious?

Your snoring may be a serious problem if it is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, your breathing is interrupted as you sleep. Sleep apnea can lead to fatigue and a host of serious medical problems, including stroke and heart failure. Sleep apnea often responds well to treatment, so see your doctor if you suspect you have it. Snoring can also be a serious problem if it is keeping others in your home awake at night. Getting enough sleep is important for everyone's health.

Craig L. Schwimmer, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Yes, it certainly can be. While snoring has not traditionally been thought of as a health concern, recent studies suggest that snoring, even without any obstructive sleep apnea, can present health risks to the snorer. In addition, the bedpertner of a snorer loses about an hour of sleep per night. This sleep deprivation can contribute to marital discord, and decreses in physical performance and job performance.

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