By Liza Fortuna
Snoring is a serious problem both socially and medically. It often disrupts marriages and causes countless sleepless nights for bed partners resulting in a loss of connection between spouses. Medically, snoring can be the precursor of obstructive sleep apnea, which has been linked to heart failure, high blood pressure, and stroke. In fact, a new study has shown that loud snoring itself can have devastating consequences. An article published in March, 2008 stated that loud snorers had 40% greater odds of having hypertension, 34% greater odds of having a heart attack and 67% greater odds of having a stroke than people who did not snore.