Published On: Fri, Apr 7th, 2017

The $149.6-Billion Reason You Really Shouldn’t Ignore Your Snoring…

Published On: September 16, 2019

It could be a sign of a serious disorder…

Noisy sleepers can be a nuisance for anyone sharing the bed. But snoring might also be a sign of a serious medical disorder that affects more than one in 10 people in the U.S. ― and might be costing Americans billions every year.

A new analysis from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) suggests that obstructive sleep apnea affects approximately 29.4 million Americans, but 80 percent of those individuals don’t know.

For people with sleep apnea, the muscles in the airway do not work properly, so you actually stop breathing for very short periods of time when you’re sleeping, Jennifer Caudle, a New Jersey-based family medicine doctor, explains.

“Often they don’t even know about it,” Caudle says.

And not realizing you have the condition can be a big problem down the line, Caudle says.

Stopping breathing for several seconds multiple times every night causes snoring, which can seriously disrupt your own (and your partner’s!) sleep and cause daytime fatigue and sleepiness, she explains. And if untreated sleep apnea can also increase risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes later on.

“It’s more than just feeling sleepy,” Caudle says. And it can also be expensive.

The new AASM analysis also found that undiagnosed sleep apnea costs the U.S. approximately $149.6 billion. That figure includes treatment for the disorder ― and medical costs associated with the long-term health consequences of untreated sleep apnea, the costs of lost productivity, and motor vehicle accidents and workplace accidents due to the problem going undiagnosed.

For example, research shows that the excessive daytime sleepiness caused by untreated sleep apnea makes truck drivers up to five times more likely to crash on the road compared with drivers without the condition.

Watch the video to learn more about sleep apnea, how it’s diagnosed and how it can be treated.

And consider asking your doctors about getting tested if you snore or you tend to be tired throughout the day even if you’re getting the seven to nine hours of sleep recommended for adults.

UPDATE: In response to this story and in an effort to spread sleep apnea awareness, Zen Sleep has offered to give readers a huge one-time discount on their #1 selling snoring kit that stops snoring in 24 hrs. Once you start the checkout process on you can save $200 when you order 1 kit and save $550 if you order 2. This is going viral right now, and ZenSleep said over 495 people have already purchased multiple snoring kits today but this promotion will only be valid until 500 total purchases occur, that means there’s only 5 left!

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  1. David says:

    I snore really bad and its so loud my family says I rock the house. My wife bugged me about 5 or so times a night to stop me from snoring slot of times she has to go to the couch to sleep.She says I stop breathing and then take a deep breath the starts breathing again.

    • Editorial Staff says:

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