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"Does snoring indicate a health problem?"
My BF snores so loud! Is there something wrong with him or do people snore for no reason? He's only 20 and I know its just going to get worse...
More and more doctors are considering snoring to be a significant health problem. This is because snoring may be a sign of a health condition called obstructive sleep apnea (sometimes referred to as OSA for short). Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the back of the throat relaxes and closes during sleep. This causes an obstruction between your mouth and your lungs preventing air from getting in. It is almost as if the throat is choking itself. When air does get through, it causes a vibration within the throat that causes the sound you hear when someone snores. While almost all people with obstructive sleep apnea snore, not everyone that snores has obstructive sleep apnea. Thus, one cannot diagnose your boyfriend with this disease on the basis of snoring alone. However, this symptom means that he should be tested. I suggest that your boyfriend schedule an appointment with a sleep medicine specialist. He or she will ask your boyfriend a series of questions, and possibly order a sleep study. This will tell his doctor if he has obstructive sleep apnea. In addition, you can discuss different methods of sleep and even some mouth pieces that can reduce the burden of snoring while he sleeps. Good luck.
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