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The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project urges you to be aware of snoring, which is a warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea. Afflicting at least 25 million adults in the U.S., sleep apnea is a chronic disease that is destructive to your health.

You can Stop the Snore in a variety of ways. Talk to a doctor about your risk for sleep apnea. Encourage your bed partner to talk to a doctor about snoring. Join us in spreading the word about the warning signs for sleep apnea. Make the Pledge today:


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Should you talk to a doctor about sleep apnea?
Here are five warning signs for sleep apnea:

Snoring:
Besides being a nuisance to your bed partner or roommate, loud and frequent snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea. While not everyone who snores has this sleep illness, snoring is a warning sign that should be taken seriously.



Choking or gasping during sleep
. When snoring is paired with choking, gasping or silent breathing pauses during sleep, it’s a strong indicator of sleep apnea.




Fatigue or daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea can leave you waking in the morning feeling tired, even after a full night’s sleep.




Obesity
. An adult with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher is considered to be obese, and the risk of sleep apnea increases with the amount of excess body weight.



High blood pressure
. Between 30 and 40 percent of adults with high blood pressure also have sleep apnea, and getting treatment for sleep apnea is a proven means of decreasing blood pressure.


Where do you go for help? Find a board certified sleep doctor at an accredited sleep center near you

Research shows that the number of sleep apnea sufferers continues to increase – sleep apnea afflicts at least 25 million American adults, and most of them remain untreated, increasing their risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Fortunately, many of the damaging effects of OSA can be stopped, and even reversed, through diagnosis and treatment by a board-certified sleep specialist.