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Snoring is often dismissed as being a harmless, though embarrassing personality trait, but most of the time, there's a lot more to it than that. In many cases, snoring causes a wide range of ill effects that don't necessarily go away when the sun comes up. In other cases, snoring is actually a sign of something much worse, sleep apnea. Whether snoring is a symptom or the problem itself, there are a number of problems that snoring can cause, both to the snorer and to their partner.The first effect of snoring is also the most commonly noticed. It is embarrassment. Though over half the population snores and most of those snore regularly, it's still embarrassing to find that you've been sawing logs in your sleep. To most people, the embarrassment of snoring is a passing thing that they can easily laugh off, but others have more of an issue with it. People who snore regularly and loudly can be so embarrassed by it that they insist on sleeping alone, even at the risk of losing a relationship.Another effect of snoring is an inability to get a good night's sleep. This can affect both the snorer and their partner. Without a decent amount of uninterrupted sleep, people have difficulty concentrating, making decisions, and even performing normal everyday tasks. They find themselves more easily worn out and their quality of life suffers for it.This disruption of sleep can lead to another issue; relationship problems. It may sound ridiculous to say that someone could end a relationship over a partner's snoring, but it happens more often than you might think. Few things are more irritating than being unable to get to sleep because someone next to you is snoring. To see someone in such irritating light even a few hours a night can actually color the way someone is seen during the day. People naturally pull away from or avoid the things that cause them stress. When that thing is their own partner, they can find themselves arguing not so much because they disagree with the other person but because their lack of sleep has made them irritable towards their partner.These are the things that snoring can cause, but what about the times when snoring is actually being caused by something worse? In some cases, snoring is actually a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which your breathing is seriously obstructed while you sleep. People with sleep apnea tend to snore louder than normal. Sleep apnea can be very dangerous and anyone believed to have sleep apnea or who show signs of it should see a doctor as soon as possible.Snoring can cause serious problems or it can be a sign of one. But there's one thing snoring is not and that's incurable. There are a number of treatments available, from throat sprays and tablets to acupressure rings and oral devices. If you or your partner snores, take the time to look at the options. It could save you a lot of trouble and discomfort.
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