Sleep Apnea / Snoring

Snoring can sometimes just be considered a normal occurrence when you fall into a deep sleep from a tiring day, but take heed when it begins to occur on a regular basis.

Snoring

Random snoring may not be life threatening, but when it happens too often it could be a sign of Sleep Apnea.When you go to sleep, the jaw muscles relax and cause the tongue to block the airway used for breathing. This creates a smaller passage that causes turbulence with the air passing through it when you breathe, resulting in vibrations that shake the palette, nose, throat, and mouth.Snoring occurs during this stage when the throat is not opened wide enough, a jaw that isn’t in the correct position, blockage in the nasal passage, or fat that has collected around the throat.An estimated 30% to 50% of people in America snore in their sleep or have experienced snoring. People who suffer from snoring problems agree that it has a negative impact on their quality of life. People who address their snoring problems have found that they are able to breathe and sleep better. They wake up feeling more rested than they have in years. Getting a good night’s rest is good for the heart and body.Studies have shown that snoring also creates a negative effect on people who live together or around a person diagnosed with a snoring condition. Aside from depriving people of much-needed sleep, it also affects relationships according to research.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a condition that causes a brief cessation of breathing when you are about to fall asleep.The brain is signaled to wake you up to get you to start breathing again when oxygen levels are too low. This is followed by a quick gasp or loud snort which happens over and over in throughout the night, which can be difficult to get a solid night’s sleep. The lack of oxygen to the brain can lead to very serious health problems like elevated blood pressure, heart disease, sexual dysfunction, strokes and heart attacks.People who suffer from sleep apnea often don’t know they have a problem. They usually know it only when they are informed by a partner that they aren’t sleeping well, not breathing properly, or wake up suddenly in the night.Worse, people suffering from sleep apnea usually don’t know they are waking up several times throughout the night. This causes a disruption in their sleeping pattern that can leave them drowsy throughout the day. It can also disrupt the sleeping pattern of the person sleeping next to them.Treating sleep apnea can also help alleviate teeth clenching or grinding (sleep bruxism).
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