Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Every night nearly 90 million Americans are snoring in their sleep. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, half of these people are primary snorers. Primary snorers have an incomplete obstruction. The snoring is usually rhythmical and continuous and there are no episodes of apnea – cessation of breath. The sleep pattern is normal and there are no signs of other sleep disorders.
Snoring associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is much more serious. The other 45 million people may be suffering from sleep apnea which is a serious sleep disorder. The airway is obstructed for 10 or more seconds frequently throughout the sleeping time. You will often find yourself waking up gasping for air or choking. The volume of snoring is usually very loud when sleep apnea is involved.
Many factors contribute to the snoring. Men snore more than women and obese people tend to snore more than those at a healthy weight. Alcohol use and sedatives contribute to snoring also. The shape of your head and neck are factors as is the size of your tongue. Aging is also factors in.
Treatment for Snoring Caused by Sleep Apnea
Most of the time people will turn over and the problem seems solved; the snoring stops for a time. However, the chronic snoring caused by obstructive sleep apnea needs to be treated. Talking with professionals at The Central Park South TMJ Center will help you find the best way to treat your snoring caused by sleep apnea. Several treatments are available and finding the best one to fit your lifestyle is going to help you stay with treatment.
Getting your snoring and sleep apnea under control is important for both you and your partner. Snoring prevents your partner from getting restful sleep as well. For your own well-being, it is important to get treatment as OSA can lead to serious problems such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for you or a family member.