• Consumer Health: Is your snoring just a nuisance or a sign of something serious?

a man lying on his back in bed, asleep, mouth open, snoringObstructive sleep apnea
Simple nighttime snoring may signal something serious: obstructive sleep apnea. This type of apnea occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. Several treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea are available, including self-care and lifestyle changes, devices that keep your upper airway passages open during sleep and surgery. Find out more about these options and what might be right for you.


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