Snoring is a very common problem in nearly half of all men and about one third of all women. It can put a strain on your relationship with your spouse forcing them to lose sleep at night or even forcing the snorer to sleep in another room.
Snoring, however, can be a sign of a much great problem and one that can even be life threatening…Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Snoring is caused when the passages of your throat are narrowed and the soft palate, tongue and throat begin to vibrate. Frequent and loud snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea… a serious disorder in which your breathing repeatedly stops and starts as you sleep.
Not everyone who has sleep apnea snores and not every person who snores has sleep apnea. The biggest sign that you might have sleep apnea is how you feel during the day. You may feel fatigued…extremely tired…or have a hard time concentrating.
If you feel you might have sleep apnea, the first thing you must do is get a sleep study done and get a diagnosis from a certified sleep doctor. If you need help in taking the next step to getting a restful and restorative nights sleep and stopping sleep apnea, call our office today…you will be glad you did.