And When It’s Time to See a Healthcare Professional
Other than being a nuisance, the harsh sounds of snoring could be a red flag for other health conditions. In some cases, you may be able to relieve your snoring by making a few small changes to your lifestyle.
Some Lifestyle Changes May Help, According to the Mayo Clinic:
- Losing weight
- Avoiding alcohol close to bedtime
- Sleeping on your side
In addition, medical devices and surgery are available that may reduce disruptive snoring. However, there may be a point where snoring is accompanied by other symptoms that require a healthcare professional’s opinion.
Do You Experience These Symptoms?
- Witnessed breathing pauses during sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Morning headaches
- Sore throat upon awakening
- Restless sleep
- Gasping or choking at night
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain at night
- Your snoring is so loud it’s disrupting your partner’s sleep
If you do, you may need to be tested for sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which the regular pattern of breathing is disrupted, commonly associated with individuals who snore.
Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder, not just a cause of snoring. When you regularly stop breathing while sleeping at night, countless side effects and health conditions will impact your daily life.
When You Have Sleep Apnea, You Never Truly Sleep.
Sleep apnea causes a lack of oxygen that will prevent you from entering proper REM cycles. Without going through the necessary REM cycles, you won’t feel rested.
The average life expectancy evaluated in patients suffering from untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is 58 years, compared to the average 78 years in healthy men and 83 in healthy women.
What are the Causes of Sleep Apnea?
- Structural/Mechanical Problems in the Mouth, Sinuses, and/or Neck
- Throat Muscles and Tongue Muscles Partially Obstructing the Opening of the Airway
- An Enlarged Tongue, Uvula, and/or Tonsils
- Thicker Soft Tissue Causing a Narrow Airway, due to Obesity
- Head and Neck Make-Up Causing a Narrow Airway
The Health Risks from Untreated Sleep Apnea
- High Blood Pressure
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Heart Disease / Heart Attack
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Increased Risk of Driving and Work-Related Accidents
How Do I Find Out If I Have Sleep Apnea?
More than 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder, according to the National Safety Council. You can find out if you’re one of them by taking a simple home sleep test from SleepMaster Solutions™. A technologist will score your sleep study and board certified physicians will interpret results. You’ll then receive a medical report with recommendations for treatment, which SleepMaster Solutions™ can help coordinate.