Snoring / Sleep Apnea Overview

Snoring and sleep apnea may not be the same thing, but they often go hand in hand. If you’re struggling with sleep apnea or chronic snoring, a good night’s sleep can seem impossible.

Rather than struggle through a work or school day without the sleep you need, come talk to us! We can help diagnose sleep problems so you can sleep well again.

What Causes Snoring?

Everyone knows what a snore sounds like, but what physically happens when someone is snoring? When you’re asleep, the tissues in your throat relax. When airflow—your breathing, in this case—passes over the relaxed tissues, the tissues will sometimes vibrate. These vibrations are what cause snoring. 

Different factors can impact how much you snore, including: 

  • Your breathing style.
  • Your weight. 
  • Various medical conditions. 

Understanding these factors can help you take control of your snoring.

Snoring on its own isn’t dangerous, but loud snoring can be disruptive to your sleep as well as anyone else who might be sleeping near you. If your snoring is severe enough to interfere with someone’s sleep, talking to us about snoring treatment is a good idea.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a medical condition that occurs when someone suddenly stops and starts breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea is annoying at best. At worst, severe sleep apnea can be a dangerous condition that puts your health at risk.

When your breathing frequently stops and starts, you can imagine how hard it is to wake up refreshed in the morning. A lack of sleep means difficulty focusing, an increased likelihood of headaches, and a feeling of exhaustion that’s hard to shake. 

Sleep apnea can have more serious side effects, too. People who suffer from sleep apnea are at an increased risk for the following: 

  • High blood pressure, 
  • Heart problems. 
  • Stroke. 
  • Other chronic conditions. 

If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, don’t postpone visiting our office. Receiving sleep apnea treatment now can improve your health almost immediately! 

How Are Snoring and Sleep Apnea Related?

Snoring, especially severe snoring, is one of the most reliable indicators of sleep apnea. Not everyone who snores suffers from sleep apnea, but nearly everyone with sleep apnea snores. 

If you or a loved one regularly snores, especially if that snoring is paired with difficulty sleeping, consider getting checked for sleep apnea. Taking care of the issue now can mean better sleep tomorrow.

What Are Other Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Snoring might be the most common symptom of sleep apnea, but other symptoms can also make you aware of a sleep issue. In some cases, you may experience sleep apnea without snoring, which is just one reason why it’s important to be aware of other sleep apnea symptoms. 

Sleep apnea symptoms include:

  • Feeling tired after waking up, even after having slept a healthy number of hours.
  • A sore throat after waking up.
  • A dry mouth after waking up. 
  • Regularly experiencing headaches.
  • Difficulty focusing, irritability, or other common side effects from a lack of sleep.

If you are tired of being tired, come into our office. We can help diagnose sleep apnea and get started with effective treatment as soon as possible. 

Common Forms of Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you’re experiencing sleep apnea, several different effective sleep apnea treatments are available. At our office, we are committed to finding the right one for you.

Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, a sleep apnea mouthguard, a CPAP machine, or something in between might be just what you need to resolve your sleep issues. Whether we can solve your problem in our office or recommend more advanced services for you, we will do everything we can to help you sleep comfortably again.

Reclaim Your Sleep with Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you’re tired of snoring and losing sleep even while you’re in bed, contact us today! We can help you conquer your sleep apnea and get a good night’s sleep again.

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