Well that’s a good question! Of course the constant annoyance is enough to keep you from sleeping and that alone can contribute to a wide range of health issues in addition to feeling tired and sluggish throughout the day. Also, it may affect your job performance, your ability to complete your daily tasks or even to stay awake while driving. Last year alone there were over 50,000 accidents attributed to falling asleep at the wheel. I believe this is a gross underestimate as many accidents that are declared due to alcohol were actually drivers falling asleep, but of course the alcohol didn’t help.
So what’s the serious issue for my spouse? Well, all the same issues you may be dealing with since you didn’t sleep. By the way, some trivia – did you know 35% of married couples sleep in separate bedrooms because of snoring?
The snoring may in fact be related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – the most chronic debilitating disease now afflicting Americans. Why? Because of the comorbidities (a big word for associated diseases) which include:
- Sudden heart attack
- Early dementia
Is that enough to get your attention?
If you or someone you know is a snorer do not hesitate to call the Julian Center for more answers.