Most of us consider snoring as a major distraction when we are trying to fall asleep, but a new study suggests that this nuisance could be hurting your health.
The report, published in the journal of Neurology, finds that people who snore heavily and have breathing problems at night may be at risk for developing memory loss at a much younger age.
Snoring and sleep apnea is typically common in people over the age of 55, affecting about half of men and nearly a quarter of women. Luckily, there are things you can do to help lower your risk.
Researchers said that getting tested and treatment early on can help the condition from turning worse, but if you wait too long, you could even develop the onset symptoms of Alzheimer's.
Doctors also said that these findings shouldn't keep you up all night and that occasional snoring is nothing to worry about.
"Try to avoid a lot of alcohol or heavy foods before you go to bed. If those steps don't work, we can get you in for a sleep study to see if you are a candidate for a CPAP machine or BiPAP machine or sometimes there's even surgery that can be done that can release some of the airwave obstruction, which causes sleep apnea," said Dr. Kelly Nelson, Family Practitioner at UHC.
Medical experts also said that losing a few pounds can help lower your risk.