IS SNORING A BAD THING?
Snoring, or the noisy breathing that you produce during sleep, is a common problem for people of all ages and genders. According to the National Sleep Foundation, approximately 90 million adults in the United States snore once in their life, while 37 million snore on a regular basis.
Snoring can occur intermittently or habitually. Your snoring can also keep your partner or roommate awake, which can create major relationship problems. If you snore regularly at night, it can disrupt the quality of your sleep and lead to:
- Daytime fatigue
- Health problems
- Difficulty concentrating
COULD IT BE SLEEP APNEA?
It’s estimated that 22 million people in America are suffering from sleep apnea, with 80% of the moderate to severe cases still left undiagnosed and untreated.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where your breathing repeatedly stops and starts throughout the night. These breathing pauses last anywhere from a few seconds up to several minutes, and they can occur as many as 30 times in an hour.
Types of Sleep Apnea
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
- Complex sleep apnea syndrome — a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea
- Central sleep apnea — this occurs when the brain can’t send signals to the muscles that control your breathing
- Obstructive sleep apnea — A blockage of the airway caused by your throat muscles relaxing and your tongue collapsing
Sleep apnea is an ongoing condition that disrupts your sleep and prevents you from getting the sound rest you need. Consequently, the quality of your sleep is poor, and you may wake up feeling tired and sleepy throughout the day, even if you slept for seven to nine hours.
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SLEEP APNEA AND SNORING FAQS
How can I tell if my snoring is cause for concern?
Snoring is fairly common in adults, and it’s not always a cause for concern. But if your snoring is so heavy that it interrupts your sleep and your partner’s sleep, and if your breathing stops and starts again throughout the night, you might have sleep apnea.
How can I tell if I have sleep apnea?
The best way to know for sure if you have sleep apnea is to participate in a sleep study. That way, you’ll have an official diagnosis.
How common is sleep apnea in adults?
Sleep apnea affects over 100 million people worldwide. In the United States alone, 50-70 million adults have a sleep disorder, and obstructive sleep apnea is the more prevalent one.
What are my sleep apnea treatment options?
Treatment for sleep apnea usually involves a combination of behavioral therapy and interventions like a CPAP machine. Here at Julian Center for Effortless Sleep, we offer holistic treatments, dental interventions, and Fotona’s NightLase therapy.
What if my sleep apnea goes untreated?
Untreated sleep apnea can have serious effects on your health. It can lead to hypertension, stroke, heart problems, diabetes, and can even shorten your lifespan by 10-12 years. Contact our team right away to begin your treatment plan.