Sydney: Researchers have ruled out snoring as a factor in mortality or cardiovascular disease risks, especially for those who don`t suffer from sleep apnea.Previous work by the same group from the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research had found that apnea (dangerous pauses in breathing during sleep) ups mortality risk, but until now it was not known whether snoring by itself might increase heart risks.Researchers found that those who snored most of the night had no greater risk of death over the next 17 years than people who snored only 12 percent or less of the night or not at all, the journal "Sleep" reports."Because we snore only when we are asleep, we are not really aware of it. So we rely on other people to tell us we snore," says Nathaniel Marshall, from the Woolcock Institute and the University of Sydney Nursing School, who led the study."So in some cases, people may be unaware that they snore. Or they may believe, when told that they snore, that it was a one-off event, and not their normal type of sleep," adds Marshall, according to a Woolcock statement.
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