Snoring makes us laugh when we see it in cartoons or funny movies. But in real life it is no joke. Snoring affects both men and women and is symptomatic of a health concern affecting you and your life partner as well. Neither of you are sleeping well.
Why Do I Snore?
Occasional snoring is a reality, and it doesn’t necessarily indicate a problem. However, if you regularly experience loud disruptive snoring, there is a harmful change to the quality of your sleep. Poor sleep quality leads to the loss of the health benefits restful sleep provides.
We snore when the normal flow of air from nose to mouth to lungs is obstructed. Many things can interfere with your airway, especially while laying down to sleep. For example, obesity, narrowed nasal passages, enlarged tongue and tonsils all contribute to the obstructed airway.
Research shows sleep position can affect our airway, especially if you sleep on your back. When on your back the tongue and soft palate tend to collapse into and then obstruct the airway.
Alcohol and sedatives prior to bedtime are also known culprits.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring
For 18 million Americans, snoring is a part of a condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. If you have been told you snore loudly on a regular basis, it’s time to talk to your doctor. Obstructive Sleep Apnea puts a strain on day to day living, as well as your long-term health.
Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea often complain of waking up tired, un-refreshed, with excessive daytime sleepiness. This leads to difficulty in focus throughout the day, with emotional and cognitive changes.
When not treated this condition also leads to long-term problems that are equally concerning. Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea can cause high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
The Relief You Need with Sleep Medicine Therapies
If your problem snoring makes you question whether you possibly have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, make an appointment with Dr. Joseph Dagati at Sleep Medicine Therapies in Youngstown, Ohio. Dr. Dagati has limited his practice to treating this sleep disorder, without the use of CPAP. They can do a Telemedicine or in-office consult to get you diagnosed, treated comfortably and have peace of mind knowing you can get healthy again!
Oral Appliance Therapy is more comfortable and convenient than traditional CPAP machines. The Oral Appliance resembles an Orthodontic retainer that fits comfortably in your mouth and is sleek and custom fitted to you. Comfortable and gentle.
Comfortably, gently controlling your tongue and soft palate the Oral Appliance keeps your airway open during sleep. You get all the benefits of healthy breathing while you sleep, and your loved one gets the joy of a quiet sleep partner.
For snoring due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sleep Medicine Therapies offers the help you need. Stop your snoring and get quiet restful sleep.
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