Snorers warned to look out for signs of disorder which increases risk of death

An estimated 45 percent of adults snore, and while it’s a massive annoyance for whoever they happen to share a bed with, it could also be a sign of something more serious.

Snoring can be caused by all manner of things, such as allergies, smoking, having too much to drink or being overweight.

However, snoring can also be a sign of sleep apnoea, a condition in which someone stops and starts breathing in their sleep.

According to the NHS, symptoms of sleep apnoea include breathing stopping and starting, loud snoring, waking up a lot throughout the night and making gasping or snorting sounds.

As a result, you might wake up with a headache and feel tired and struggle to concentrate during the day.

If you think you do have sleep apnoea, it’s important to see your GP as left undiagnosed and untreated it can be dangerous.

If your GP suspects you have sleep apnoea, you may be referred to a specialist sleep clinic for tests. These tests can show if you have sleep apnoea and how severe it is.

Chad Denman, D.M.D. and sleep specialist at Sleep Cycle Centre in the US, told WebMD that those who have untreated sleep apnea could be at a higher risk of death. 

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