Can Sleep Apnea Kill You?

An article in Yahoo Health asks, “Can Snoring Kill You?”   Evidently, persons with sleep apnea (lack of quality sleep from breathing problems) have a higher death rate than the average person, are five times more likely to be in a fatigue-related car accident, and are ten times more likely to have a stroke.

For many people, the snoring associated with sleep apnea is a result of the tissue that hangs down in the back of the throat called the Uvula (see illustration below).  There are now medical specialists that perform laser surgery to reduce the size of this tissue and to help address the snoring problem.



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