A Public Service Announcement About Snoring

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This could be a sign of a serious medical condition.
  • This could be a sign of a serious medical condition.
Rightfully so, the big what-the-fuck from Monday's Tennessean was the story about wifely submission. But there was another story in our city's daily that caused me some concern: "Escape with a 'snore room': 'Snore room' offers homeowner place to watch TV, surf web or just escape in the middle of the night."

If you don't want to read the thing, it's basically about how some married couples are opting to build a little room off their bedroom where the spouse woken up by the snoring of the other spouse can go to sleep or watch TV or play on the computer in relative peace.

Here's the public service announcement: If your spouse snores so loudly and regularly that you often can't sleep with him or her, if you're reading a story about setting up a separate quasi-bedroom and wishing you could afford to do so, get your spouse checked for sleep apnea.

Loud, persistent snoring? Sometimes they seem to stop breathing? Waking up multiple times in the night? Falling asleep during the day? All signs of sleep apnea. And sleep apnea can kill you — via the whole stop-breathing part or heart attacks.

Sure, maybe you have an insanely rich spouse you'd like to see die of natural causes sooner rather than later. In that case, go ahead and splurge on a "snore room." But if you care about your spouse, don't overlook a very common condition, chalking it up to "just" snoring.

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