Snore too much, and you could find yourself exiled to the sofa — but that’s not the worst of it. Snoring can actually put more of a strain on your heart than it does your marriage. 

snoreSnorers have thicker walls in their carotid arteries, according to new research.
Thicker might be better when it comes to the walls in your home (especially when there’s a snorer in the next room), but it’s nothing but bad when it comes to your arteries.

Thicker walls in the carotid arteries are often a warning sign of serious health risks, including heart attack and stroke.

In the new study of 54 people, snoring actually turned out to be a bigger predictor of thickened carotid arteries than smoking, obesity, and out-of-control cholesterol levels.

It’s not clear why snoring on its own would do so much damage to the carotid artery, but the researchers behind the new study presented at a meeting of the Triological Society say the vibrations from snoring could lead to inflammation in the artery, ultimately leading to thicker walls.

We’ve seen snoring linked to thicker arteries — and a higher risk of heart problems — in the past. But those earlier studies have focused on people with sleep apnea.

That’s a condition in which snorers literally stop breathing, sometimes for a minute or more at a time, and sometimes dozens or even hundreds of times a night.

It’s easy to see why that would be so bad for your health.

But the new study didn’t look at apnea patients. Just “normal” snorers, like the estimated 90 million Americans who snore through each night now.

Well, maybe it’s time to stop considering snores to be “normal” and time to start thinking of them as what they really are: a loud cry for help in the night.

While there are homeopathic remedies that can help ease chronic snoring, in many cases the snoring itself is a symptom of a larger problem, such as weight gain, allergies, or asthma.

If you snore, or if your spouse snores, seek the help of a holistic medical doctor who can help determine the cause and correct it naturally.

And for one of the many reasons to be thankful for your spouse — even one who snores — keep reading.