More Than Just Annoying – Snoring And Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Modern medical science now knows that snoring isn’t just something that annoys your spouse or family – or in severe cases, your neighborhood! Snoring may be a sign that something is very wrong with your sleeping. It’s one of the most tell-tale sleep apnea symptoms.
What Causes Snoring
Snoring has lots of potential causes. Colds will cause people to snore, as well as obesity or sleeping in certain positions. Snoring can also be caused by the collapsing of the airway where the upper throat and tongue meet.
If you snore, stopping has lots of benefits. It can save you from repeated night-time elbow jabs, the wrath of angry sleep-deprived loved ones and a release from being the butt of jokes. If it’s caused by this condition, seeking treatment can mean a better night’s rest for you, and can even save your life.
The Snoring-Sleep Apnea Connection
Sleep apnea is a condition where your airway is blocked during sleeping. This causes you to stop breathing for as long as 10 seconds at a time, and makes you choke and gasp as you recover and suck in air. You may find yourself sleepy during the daytime, unable to concentrate and suffering from mood swings. This condition can lead to heart problems, stroke and weight fluctuations.
This condition is caused by obstructions in the back of the throat. Most often it’s the collapse of the soft tissue where the back of the tongue and throat meet. This is why it’s often accompanied by loud, chronic snoring. Other sleep apnea symptoms that can help you decide when it’s time to see the doctor include morning headaches, daytime fatigue and never feeling rested.
Treat Sleep Apnea And Say Goodbye To Snoring
It’s time to get your snoring treated, but be careful. Watch out for cures that only address the snoring. Some surgery options, like laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty only address the snore and don’t do anything to the root of the problem. If you don’t treat sleep apnea successfully, your snore may not disappear and could even worsen.
The first step is to get a diagnosis. This condition is impossible to diagnose during a doctor’s visit, even if all sleep apnea symptoms are present. Tell your doctor about your sleep apnea symptoms and they’ll be able to make an evaluation. They may recommend staying the night in a lab where you can be monitored. This is the only way to guarantee a proper diagnosis. If you do have sleep apnea, get it treated immediately.
The Best Treatment For Sleep Apnea
The industry standard for treatment is the CPAP. This is an uncomfortable face mask that must be worn all night for results. A new option is the Somnodent mouthpiece. This fits comfortably inside your mouth, making it easy to wear, easy to sleep and ensuring optimal results. Somnodent is finally offering the easy and effective sleep apnea treatment people have been dreaming about.
Recognize these sleep apnea symptoms, get it treated and get yourself a good night’s rest. Even more importantly, help those around you get the sleep THEY need!
Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD has completed extensive dentistry training in advanced dental techniques and typically completes 100-150 hours of dental continuing education classes yearly. This is six times more than most state's licensing requirement.