The Dark Side Of Sleep


Sounds like trouble: Even in the absence of sleep apnea, snoring may raise your risks of heart disease and stroke, say research ers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Snorers without sleep apnea were more likely than silent snoozers to have thickened, narrowed carotid arteries, a precursor to atherosclerosis and blood clots. One theory: Your palate vibrates when you snore, inflaming carotid arteries nearby, says study author Robert Deeb MD. If you’re a snorer, ask your doctor to refer you for a sleep study and to help you choose a snoring intervention, such as Breathe Right strips or a dental appliance that can keep your tongue from blocking your airway.



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