When To Take Snoring Seriously

Snoring is disruptive to your sleep, not to mention those trying to sleep around you. And, it's often a sign of larger sleep problems, like sleep apnea. Shalini Paruthi, MD, the Education Committee chair at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, explained to Shape that sleep problems — including sleep apnea — can result in diabetes, daytime fatigue, high blood pressure, and stroke. 

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To top it off, a recent study, reports Shape, found "snoring and sleep apnea can harm your brain, speeding the progression of memory loss as you age." Yikes. But, don't panic: The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine's president, Kathleen Bennett, DDS, recommends talking to your doctor if you snore more than three nights per week.

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And, before you worry about needing a CPAP machine or surgery for sleep apnea, know that your doctor may recommend smaller solutions, including a mouth guard that will help keep your airways open through the night, and sleep packs, which encourage you not to sleep on your back.

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