Snoring can be a Dangerous Condition
Since everyone snores, it is not a problem and it can be
ignored – Right? Wrong. Snoring is more than just a
social issue. Snoring may be linked to a very serious
health condition known as Sleep Apnea.
Undiagnosed and untreated Sleep Apnea can cause many different health risks. Of course, for some patients snoring may just be Snoring! However, Sleep Apnea cannot be ruled out unless proper testing (a polysomnogram also called a sleep study) and examinations have been completed.
The most common symptom of Sleep Apnea is that a person wakes feeling unrested and then tired and restless all day.
Why Do I Snore?
Snoring occurs when there is a partial collapse of the soft tissues of the airway. Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when there is a total collapse of the soft tissues of the airway. During a partial collapse, the soft tissues vibrate due to airway restriction and cause the snoring sound. During a total collapse, you stop snoring much to the initial delight of your bed partner. However, the snoring stopped only because of a total airway collapse. Now your bed partner lays there hoping and praying that you will start breathing again.
Although a poor sleeping position or an illness may cause you to snore, snoring on a constant basis means it is time to consult with Dr. Hair so your snoring problem can be addressed and treated properly. Remember that snoring, and especially loud snoring, affects not only you but those around you as well. Snoring can cause a bed partner to loose 1.5 hours of sleep each night.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea – A Possible Link
Does your airway only partially collapse all night, or are there some total collapses as well? In other words, is it just simple snoring, or is it Sleep Apnea? Without a sleep study, you will never know – maybe until it is too late. Current thinking within the medical community is that untreated snoring will result in Obstructive Sleep Apnea – we just do not know how long it takes. In other words, how close is the partial collapse of the airway (snoring) to a total collapse of the airway (Obstructive Sleep Apnea )? Even if the patient only suffers from simple snoring, treating the snoring can prevent developing Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Snore No More!
Without a sleep study, no one knows if your snoring is simple snoring, or if your snoring problem is caused by Sleep Apnea, especially Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA.) Many devices (some on a TV ad) have been made to help lessen if not completely stop one’s snoring problem. If you have Sleep Apnea, masking the snoring may only create worse medical conditions.
If you’re unsure whether you have Sleep Apnea or if you’re looking to find the proper device that is suitable enough to use to treat your snoring problem, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joe Hair to figure out the best course of action. Dr. Hair is experienced in working with patients who suffer from Sleep Apnea as well as those who merely snore at night. He will guide you toward obtaining the proper testing and diagnosis with the help of trained medical professionals.
The most common symptom of Sleep Apnea is that a person wakes feeling unrested as well as tired and restless throughout the day. This is because your body has not had the restful and restorative sleep it requires the previous night. When Sleep Apnea prevents airflow to your body, the lack of oxygen alerts your body to wake up, gasping for air. Though you may not be awake to realize what is going on, these constant, mini-arousals keep you from reaching the deep, restorative sleep your body craves. The result is you are constantly tired and may even fall asleep at inappropriate times.
8 hours in the bed is not always 8 hours of sleep…
Heard enough? If you are always tired, and you believe that you suffer from Sleep Apnea, please call today. 770.949.1005