Doctor: Snoring Can Kill Your Sex Life—and You

Times medic warns that snoring can signal serious health problems
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2009 9:35 AM CDT
Recent surveys found that around half of couples where one partner was a heavy snorer had sex less than once a month.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Surveys show that snorers have less sex, writes the Times of London’s resident doctor, and snoring can ruin health as well as relationships. Heavy snorers often don’t breathe properly as they sleep, Mark Porter cautions, and end up waking momentarily hundreds of times a night, leading to fatigue and making the snorer likelier to suffer high blood pressure and heart disease.

Snorers who feel drowsy during the day should be assessed for sleep apnea, he writes, and seek help from a sleep specialist if necessary. For less serious cases, “self-help measures may be all that is required—the triad of losing weight, stopping smoking, and avoiding too much alcohol often works wonders.”