TREAT SLEEP APNEA TO PROTECT YOUR HEART
Snoring loudly enough to wake members of your household is one sign that you have sleep apnea — a disorder that repeatedly interrupts your breathing throughout the night. Disrupted breathing and low blood oxygen levels could increase the risk for coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke, heart failure and sudden death. Proven therapies to reduce heart disease risk: Lower your blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels with diet, exercise and medicine, if needed. Lose weight if you are overweight. Quit smoking if you smoke. Exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week. Eat a healthy diet that’s high in fruits and vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and whole grains, and low in saturated and trans fat, sugar and salt. Practice relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga.