Snoring often seems like a silly inconvenience—something to make fun of your friend or significant other for. But sometimes, it can be a symptom of a larger problem.

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by excessive snoring, choking, and difficulty breathing during sleep. It’s typically been associated with health and lifestyle factors like smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, and alcohol use. But studies have shown that people with asthma may also find themselves at risk for the disorder.

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