If you’ve ever shared a bed with someone who snores — you can probably attest to the annoyance. But snoring isn’t just a bothersome habit — it could be a sign of a greater health concern — obstructive sleep apnea.
The condition, which causes brief cessations of breathing during sleep, as well as consequent sleep disruptions, can leave you feeling irritable and fatigued. But that’s not all: Sleep apnea also increases the risk of several serious conditions, including high blood pressure, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. It is also associated with Type 2 diabetes.1
Here’s what you need to know about the condition, including why it’s on the rise, how to tell if you have sleep apnea and what you can do if you are diagnosed with it.