09/27/2013 08:18 am ET

Myths About Obstructive Sleep Apnea (VIDEO)

Think your snoring is merely a harmless annoyance? It could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that can increase your risk of hypertension and heart disease.

It's more common than you might think: Anywhere from 12 to 18 million U.S. adults may have untreated obstructive sleep apnea, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

But that doesn't mean it's well understood. To find out the truth behind some of the most common myths about the condition, check out the video above.


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