snoring

  1. Snoring can turn deadly

    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.

  2. Snoring linked to cancer death

    If you're a heavy snorer, you're not just sending your spouse to the sofa in search of rest -- you may be snoring your way right to the graveyard.

    Snoring isn't the cartoonish habit it's been made out to be. It's often a sign of something seriously wrong, especially if your snores are punctuated by periods of absolute silence.

    That's a sure sign of sleep apnea, or a condition where you literally stop breathing in the night, and a new study shows it can up your odds of cancer.

    I'm not just talking about any old run-of-the-mill cancer link here, either. The new study of 1,500 people tracked for up to 22 years as part of the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort finds that the most severe forms of apnea -- or people who stop breathing 30 or more times an hour -- are 500 HUNDRED PERCENT more likely to DIE of cancer than people without apnea.

    Severe apnea is a lot more common than you'd think -- but even milder cases pack a whole lot of risk: Between 15 and 29.9 episodes of low-to-no oxygen per hour will double your odds of death by cancer, and between five and 14.9 will boost it by 10 percent.

    Think that's bad? That's just the beginning -- if you're sleeping with apnea, you're taking your life into your own hands every time your head hits the pillow, because people who have this condition have a higher risk of dementia, heart problems, and an early death (by cancer or any other means).

    That means it's absolutely essential you get this taken care of pronto. There are gimmicks and masks and other things you can try, but most cases of apnea are caused by obesity.

    Lose the weight, and the apnea will almost always disappear along with your excess pounds. And since you'll also slash your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and all the other risks that come from an oversized gut, you can really sleep easier at night.

  3. Noisy nights could be killing you

    The risks of snoring run way beyond annoying your spouse and right into deadly disease -- and a new study finds one more: Researchers say snorers are more likely to get metabolic syndrome.
  4. Shocking danger of sleep apnea

    A new study finds that people who suffer from severe sleep apnea are 46 percent more likely to die early.
  5. Snoring off the pounds

    A new study just came out showing that people who snore tend to burn more calories - as many as 2,000 a day. Don't get too excited.
  6. 5 ways to kick the snoring habit

    In a lot of cases, there are ways snorers can curb - or even eliminate - a lot of their nighttime "wood-sawing."
  7. Shocking link between snoring and dementia

    A lot of people think that if their eyes are closed for 8 hours, they're doing all they can to get good sleep. This isn't always true, especially for snorers.
  8. Snore less, score more…

    In a lot of cases, there are ways snorers can curb - or even eliminate - a lot of their night-time "wood-sawing."
  9. "Breaking" news for sound older minds

    Few people seem to know this, but heavy snoring - especially if related to a disorder called sleep apnea - can cause dangerously low levels of blood oxygen.

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