Snoring linked to heart and stroke risk

Snoring might be keeping your spouse awake -- but it could put YOU to sleep for good, as new research finds that snoring can increase your risk of death.

Call it the ultimate silencer.

The new study of 54 patients puts to bed the myth that snoring is just a nighttime nuisance. In reality, it's often a warning sign of serious heart problems, as the snorers in the study had much thicker carotid arteries.

That's the main line that delivers blood to the brain -- and thicker isn't better here. It's a sign of potentially serious and often undetected health risks, including heart attack, stroke, or worse.

By the way, want to know what DIDN'T lead to thicker arteries? Smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol!

Somehow, that part of the study didn't make the big headlines. Gee, I wonder why... Could it be because it goes against everything the mainstream wants you to believe?

Food for thought -- but let me stick to snoring for today, what you need to know and how to stop it.

The worst of the worst when it comes to snoring is sleep apnea, a condition marked by loud snores and total silence -- silence that occurs because you literally STOP BREATHING in the night.

It's been linked to heart disease, brain damage, and worse -- but in the new study, the patients didn't actually have apnea (not yet anyway). In other words, the risks that come along for the ride with apnea could start with plain old everyday (or every night) run-of-the-mill snoring.

So even if you're breathing normal in the night, don't breathe easy if you're a snorer.

There are simple steps you can take to silence yourself before you go quiet for good, starting with weight loss. Both heavy snorers and apnea patients are usually overweight -- and losing the weight will often silence the snores.

Congestion can have you honking day and night, so get control of your allergies (naturally, of course) and consider a humidifier.

And for more on sleep, keep reading -- because there's one more thing you need to know whether you snore or not.