Second-Hand Snoring: Someone Else’s Snoring Might Be Hurting More Than Your Ears!

Dr. Jonathan Greenburg, DDS
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Expert
March 5, 2014

Do you live with a snorer? Are you a snorer yourself? Do you know how crazy you make your partner when you snore? Even worse, did you know that if your sleep is impacted at all by someone else’s loud snoring, you are not only a victim of Second-Hand Snoring, but also run the risk of suffering from significant health issues? Yes, like Second-Hand Smoking, Second-Hand Snoring can be hurting someone you love and more than your relationship may be in jeopardy. 60 Minutes on CBS did an incredible story on the science of sleep, which delves into the subject of obstructed sleep and just how damaging Second-Hand Snoring can be.

Perhaps you don’t tell your partner about their snoring or you even sleep alone because you’re embarrassed about your own snoring. (And this happens more often than you think.) We have a tiny announcement to make and it’s possible you may have no idea about this, but snoring itself is more than just noise that drives you up the wall, it may be a sign of a more serious problem: Sleep Apnea. It is my personal mission to rid the world of snoring, and by extension, sleep apnea. I have dedicated my life to becoming an expert on the subjects of snoring, sleep apnea, and Second-Hand Snoring. We all know that snoring is a pain to sleep through and even worse to experience as a partner, but more often than not, it’s far more than a nuisance; it’s something that may be an underlying symptom, of a problem more serious.

What Causes People To Snore?

Did you know? That it has been estimated that between 30-50% of Americans snore at one time or another? Now, let’s be clear, snoring does not automatically mean you have sleep apnea, but generally speaking, there may be a connection, something worth checking out.

Snoring can be caused by a variety of factors, not the least of which is being overweight. With America’s ever-expanding waistline, there is definitely a link here. Without being an alarmist, rid yourself of any excess weight, even with the help of a doctor, if you must, if obesity plagues you.

Other factors that may cause snoring include:

Being a middle-aged and older man, being a post-menopausal woman, and being an ethnic minority, to name a few.

What Is The Big Deal About Sleep Apnea? I’ve Heard About It But how bad can it be?

Not only can sleep apnea be worse than you’ve ever imagined; it can kill you! Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder that causes a person to temporarily stop breathing while they’re sleeping. “It occurs when the muscles relax during sleep, causing soft tissue in the back of the throat to collapse and block the upper airway. This leads to pauses in breathing that last at least 10 seconds during sleep. Most pauses last between 10 and 30 seconds, but some may persist for one minute or longer.” (American Academy of Sleep Medicine)

Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any time. And about 80 percent to 90 percent of adults with OSA remain undiagnosed. So while your boyfriend/partner/spouse/sister/cat/dog/neighbor next door is breaking the sound barrier with their horrific snoring, there is more at stake than just peaceful sleep. Snoring, sleep apnea, and Second-Hand Snoring are destroying lives, relationships, and otherwise good health nightly. The good news is that there is a solution and we’ve discovered a treatment for snoring that actually works. Lucky you.

But besides the joy of knowing that my team and I are rooting for you and doing all we can to help you lead the best life possible, do you see now why it’s important to warn loved ones if they’re snorers? Snoring is a nuisance? Yes. It ruins your love life? Maybe. It drives you crazy? Yes. But it’s also a sign of something more serious (possibly).

May I make a suggestion?

Lose the nuisance, lose the snore, and take your loved one to a reputable snoring and sleep apnea specialist to get tested. Drag ‘em kickin’ and screamin’ if you have to. Yes, we know it’s never fun going to the doctor (and who wants to hear bad news or have yet another health problem to cope with!), but aren’t you worth it? We think so. See your specialist about sleep apnea today and realize that your snoring and sleep apnea are not only hurting you, they may be hurting everyone around you as well. The solution is out there but you need to wake up and find it.

-Dr. Greenburg

Sources (American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons),