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  • Hey there sleepy heads, Julia here for Dnews.

  • According to the National Sleep Foundation snoring affects 90 million Americans.

  • So you're probably not the only one sleeping on the couch tonight.

  • When you sleep most of your muscles relax.

  • Including those in your mouth, throat and airways.

  • If these become too relaxed, they can get in the way of your breathing.

  • As you try to suck more air through the narrowed airways, these muscles can vibrate, making

  • sounds like an airplane or lawnmower.

  • Although it might be annoying to your sleeping buddy, snoring seems mostly harmless.

  • Yet several studies linked the night time malady to some pretty nasty healthy effects.

  • One study published in the journal Laryngoscope, found that snoring might lead to a thickening

  • of the arteries in the heart.

  • Snoring can also lead to headaches and even decline in memory.

  • Not to mention if you wake up your partner, snoring could get you into some relationship

  • trouble.

  • But is your snoring so bad you wake yourself up?

  • You might suffer from sleep apnea.

  • Half of those 90 million I mentioned earlier might be suffering from Obstructive Sleep

  • Apnea (OSA).

  • Apnea means literallywithout breath”.

  • Like the name suggests, this type of sleep disorder can cause the airways to completely

  • close.

  • Sufferers actually stop breathing when they sleep!

  • This lack of oxygen wakes people up with a snort or gasp.

  • While waking up a bunch of times in the middle of the night leaves you tired the day, Sleep

  • Apnea can also lead to a host of other problems.

  • One large study was published in the journal American Journal of Respiratory and Critical

  • Care Medicine.

  • The study found that patients with severe apnea have a 30% higher risk of developing

  • diabetes than those with almost no apnea.

  • And patients with mild or moderate apnea had a 23% increased risk of developing diabetes.

  • Another study published in the journal Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine surveyed a group

  • of patients for 20 years!

  • The researchers found that, even after controlling for smoking and other lifestyle factors, people

  • with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea were four times more likely to die,

  • nearly four times more likely to have a stroke, three times more likely to die from cancer,

  • and 2.5 times more likely to develop cancer.

  • Lack of oxygen to the brain is never a good thing.

  • One study published in the journal Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, found that the

  • immediate effects of sleep apnea on the brain were similar to the effects of a stroke!

  • Okay okay, have I scared you enough?

  • Sorry about that.

  • So currently one of the best treatments for sleep apnea remains the cumbersome CPAP machine.

  • CPAP stands for "continuous positive airway pressure".

  • Basically, if you can't guess from that name, the machine creates pressure on your

  • airways so those soft tissues don't get in the way of your breathing.

  • The exact pressure depends on the patient and decided by a physician.

  • But you breathe easier and pretty much stop snoring.

  • While the whole get-up includes a face mask, that goes into your nose and over your head,

  • it definitely helps.

  • Some studies published in the journal Sleep found that using a CPAP machine improves blood

  • pressure and even restores brain tissue after a year of use!

  • So while it might be awkward, it could actually add years to your life.

  • So wanna found out if your snoring is dangerous or just dang annoying?

  • Well there's an app for that, designed by researchers at the University of Washington.

  • ApneaApp uses sound waves to monitor breathing.

  • The app acts kind of like a bat, emitting sonar to track breathing patterns.

  • According to its makers, the app can detect sleep apnea as well as hospital tests 98%

  • of the time.

  • The app is only designed for use on android phones.

  • Sorry hipsters, you'll just have to wait.

  • We talk about sleep a lot on DNews - for instance, did you know anxiety messes with your sleep?

  • Check out this video Amy did.

Hey there sleepy heads, Julia here for Dnews.

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