By Donald M. Sesso, D.O.
Sleeping with a snorer can take a toll on your health. While the health risks of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring are widely discussed, less is understood regarding the consequences of sleeping with a snorer. According to the National Sleep Foundation, snoring affects 90 million adults, 37 million of them on a regular basis. Men are twice as likely as women to snore; however, that gap closes after menopause. Untreated OSA and snoring may pose serious health problems and can negatively impact one’s quality of life. OSA has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, dementia, depression, anxiety and death. Sleep-deprived people are subject to a higher risk of accidents, poor concentration, impaired work performance and strained interpersonal relationships. More recent research has shown that the bed-partners of snorers may have health risks as well. Thus, the number of patients and their bed-partners affected by snoring is staggering and poses a serious public health risk.