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If you fall asleep to the melodious sound of your husband snoring, then you may be hearing more than the disruption of a peaceful night. Snoring, while in some cases harmless, can also be a symptom of a serious sleep condition. As a spouse, you are uniquely able to identify this and other warning signs and encourage your husband to seek treatment.

Men Diagnosed More

Sleep issues come in a variety of forms, from insomnia to problems with excessive movement. Sleep apnea, a disorder where breathing stops and starts during sleep, is the most common. It often occurs when a person’s airway becomes obstructed during sleep.

Sleep apnea is far more prevalent in men than women. Experts estimate that 14 percent of men suffer from sleep apnea, compared with 5 to 6 percent of women. It’s a condition that can have serious health implications, causing fragmented sleep, daytime tiredness, memory problems, high blood pressure, and morning headaches. Long-term, sleep apnea increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. It can impact testosterone levels and make diabetes and blood pressure harder to control.

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Dr. Andrew Hong is a sleep medicine physician at Vancouver Clinic. He treats patients with various sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, parasomnias, and restless leg syndrome. His goal is to work with each patient to find the root cause of their symptoms, then develop an effective treatment strategy.

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