Transcript for 90 million Americans snore: What snorers can do
Thank you so much. An issue so many deal with, sleep N' snoring. Our "Gma" health alert taking on the snore wars. And Paula, oh, come on, you got your husband involved in this again. You know what, can I just say -- Leave him alone. I can't. He is a great sport. He actually got himself into this. John, you're a great sport and I love you. We'll hear from you in a second. Snoring can be disruptive for the snorer and whomever is lying next to them. Whatever forces them to sleep in separate rooms. How many of us do that? Snoring can be benign but in my home it turned out to be the sign of something much more serious. Snoring, oh, if you're on the receiving end of a noisy sleeper be being woken up all night kicking the noise maker losing sleep you're not alone. The national sleep foundation says as many as 90 million Americans snore and one of them is my husband John. Apparently you say I snore. I have secondhand snorer's syndrome. I think that's what it's called. You know what it is. No, I think you made it up. Reporter: It took convincing on my part. You still don't believe you snore. I still haven't heard myself snore. But John finally agreed to do a sleep study at the mt. Sinai sleep center in New York City and sleep here tonight attached to sensors that will monitor functions including his heart rate, respiration and body position for roughly seven hours. He's wired up and ready to go. Good luck. ??? To sleep. Now, most of America's snorers are men. But snoring is by no means limited to them. It turns out that women often take a turn at keeping their partners up at night too. But getting them to admit it is another story. Before Lee turns out the lights she puts on a dental device described by Dr. Cortez the dentist who treats snoring. Snoring is the big, big man with the big thick neck so for women to snore is unusual. It's becoming more common. Reporter: The mouthpiece moves her lower jaw forward and gives her airway room to expand increasing the airflow. I would snore and would kind of wake up in the middle of the night and catching my breath sometimes. Now I can sleep all through the night. It's helping me so much. Then you open the eyes whenever you're ready. Reporter: But back to John, it turns out his snoring is not just a nuisance to me, it's a real danger to him. John's apnea is severe and needs to be treated before it becomes an even bigger problem. He's having over 30 episodes per hour. About 37 episodes per hour. Of not breathing in not breathing completely or partially stopping sudden cardiac death has been linked with it so it is a possibility. It's probably not likely to happen but it's not completely out of the potential consequences that are associated with that. Obstructive sleep apnea can be life-threatening with the potential to cause not only heart attack but diabetes, stroke, even depression. Does it feel like something you could do on a nightly basis. Yes. I'll make sure he wears it. Reporter: For John the answer may be a cpap. A continued positive airway pressure machine. Which he'll use at night. And hopefully it'll restore a little peace and quiet in our home. I love you. I love you too. Okay, so the apnea is when you're not breathing. Sometimes holding his breath for 30 seconds. The majority of people struggling is undiagnosed. It's indiscriminate, men, women and children and not always linked to weight. Also one of the fallacies but for John his symptoms extreme fatigue. He didn't start drinking coffee until a couple of years ago just to get him through the day. Is he wearing it. It's a mix between darth vader, Hannibal electricer and a superhero but it's not working quite yet. They have several different options you can use so I'm trying to figure out which one will be the right one to give me the relief I need at night. Do you always wear it with a suit. Always with a sleep. That's how I sleep at night just like you. Thank you. Thank you for joining us. He's such a good sport. Talking to people that have been diagnosed with it and starting to wear the cpap they say they feel so much better. We hope the same for you, John? Thank you. And is that your little man. That's my little girl. Karl line, my oldest. Your mini-me. Paula Jr. I've been sleeping in her room because of the snoring so -- Sharing so much. I know. Family show.
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