If you have trouble sleeping because of snoring, you are not alone. Although statistics can be contradictory, recent studies indicate that over 90 million American adults snore with about half of those people suffering from OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
WebMd explains that snoring is common with both genders and usually gets worse as you age. Snoring can cause sleep disruptions for both you and your partner and is more common in men and people who are overweight. Snoring leads to un-refreshing or fragmented sleep causing excessive daytime sleepiness. Snoring can also cause problems with cognitive function and make you moody.
While you are sleeping, your throat muscles relax causing your tongue to fall back. This will make your throat narrow. As you breathe, your throat will start to vibrate. Those vibrations are what cause you to snore. The narrower the airway is, the louder the snoring. Sometimes the walls of your throat will completely collapse causing a breathing cessation known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Not all people who snore have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, but if your snoring is affecting you, your partner and everyone else in your household, you may want to schedule an appointment with your doctor who can refer you to a sleep specialist for a sleep study. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious condition that could lead to other physical problems.
People who snore are usually unaware relying on bed partner observations. Some people who snore might also wake up during the night gasping for breath and choking. If this happens to you, it is time to schedule an appointment with your doctor, especially if your partner is noticing that this is happening quite regularly.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is serious, but there are some things that you can do to help you sleep better. Dr. Jack Ringer has been specially trained in Oral Appliance Therapy, which is something to consider if you are dealing with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ringer who can determine what type of Oral Appliance Therapy is best for your needs and will work with your doctor during your diagnosis, treatment, and care.
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