Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring. We’ve all done it, some of us admittedly more than others. If your partner has been complaining about your loud snoring at night you may fall in line with the 37 million other Americans that suffer from chronic snoring on a regular basis. Did you know though that snoring can be a sign of a more serious health concern? Chronic snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition in which the soft tissue of the airway actually collapses during sleep and causes a decrease in oxygen available to the body. When oxygen decreases, the brain sends signals to the body to wake up and often these waking episodes are unpleasant – coughing, gasping, and choking for air can all occur. These instances, or apneas, can occur hundreds of times a night, leaving you and your partner restless and irritable. If left untreated, OSA can cause serious health concerns. Constant waking has been linked to the production of stress hormones which can elevate blood pressure and leave you at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other stress related conditions.
What do I do next?
There are a few simple ways you can avoid going down this slippery slope though – know the symptoms and listen to your partner! Snoring may seem to be only an irritant, but if you find yourself feeling restless, drowsy during the day, or get frequent morning headaches there may be something more serious going on and it’s best to check with your doctor. Often, a sleep test will be performed in which signs of OSA can be spotted, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. One in four men and one in ten women may develop OSA, especially if you are overweight, but don’t worry, there is a treatment. Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine at night can eliminate the occurrence of apneas and leave you feeling refreshed in the morning and throughout the day. Not to mention your partner will thank you for the lack of snoring! There are a multitude of CPAP devices to choose from, and we are here to help you on your journey to a better night’s rest and a healthier you.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding of snoring and the possibilities associated with the behavior, but it is best to talk to your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.
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