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  1. Cure symptoms of sleep apnea

    How snoring can hurt your golf game

    If you're among the millions of Americans who love to golf, I've got an easy way to boost your score and beat your buddies -- and you don't have to pay for expensive lessons, learn to cheat or change your grip.

    You just have to get a grip of a different kind -- get a grip on your symptoms of sleep apnea.

    That's the condition where you snore loudly, and then stop breathing, sometimes for a minute or more at a time. It's been linked to everything from dementia to heart disease to death.

    But for golfers, symptoms of sleep apnea come with a risk that might be even worse: It could cause you to play so bad that your handicap rises faster than the greens fees.

    That's the bad news.

    The good news is that improving your apnea could also improve your handicap by as much as a third, according to a new study.

    In this study, golfers with apnea were given CPAP devices -- oxygen masks that keep your airways open at night -- and then tracked for six months.

    On average, their handicaps improved by 11 percent. But better golfers had even bigger improvements, with their handicaps falling by an average of 32 percent, according to the study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

    Not bad for simply sleeping better.

    The trick with apnea is figuring out who has it -- because most of the people struggling with symptoms of sleep apnea this disease don't actually they have it.

    All they know is that they're tired and cranky, even after a full night's sleep.

    Some of the warning signs to watch for, besides being tired and cranky, include waking up with a headache and/or a sore throat. You could also ask your spouse to keep watch over you to see if you stop breathing.

    And if you suspect you might have this condition, a night in a sleep clinic might be in order.

    Your doctor may recommend CPAP, but those devices aren't very comfortable to sleep with. The better solution is to lose some weight. Apnea is usually caused by obesity, and weight loss will almost always ease the condition or even cure it completely.

  2. Snoring can hurt your carotid arteries

    The real risks of snoring

    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.

    Snorers 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 arteries, 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 carotid 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.

  3. Sleep apnea linked to massive increase in cancer risk

    People with severe sleep apnea are nearly 500 percent more likely to die of cancer than people without the condition. Find out how to sleep better every night.

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