The Dangers of snoring and its relation to high blood pressure

Q: What are the dangers of snoring and how can it be stopped? Does snoring increase blood pressure?

A: Snoring associated with a breathing problem during sleep (sleep apnea) can cause high blood pressure.  Sleep apnea can occur because your airway becomes blocked or because your brain fails to signal you to breathe.  Sleep experts have confirmed that disturbed breathing during sleep is associated with high blood pressure in middle-aged and older persons regardless of race or sex.  If you believe you have sleep apnea you should speak with your doctor about available treatments.  Keep in mind that snoring is commonly attributed to weight gain, and many studies have demonstrated that losing weight can improve your snoring problem.

Random snoring not related to a medical problem is a nuisance – nobody enjoys sleeping near someone who snores.  Snoring caused by simple nasal congestion can be helped with Breathe Right Strips.

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