One of the main reasons for not seeking treatment for sleep apnea is that people think they’re just snoring. If you’ve gotten an elbow or two (I have) in your lifetime from bed partners or been told people can hear your snore several rooms away, it might be time to find out whether you have a bigger problem.
It’s the middle of the night, you’re sleeping soundly. Like a rock. Like a baby even. Then, your husband, wife, child, boyfriend, dog shakes you awake to tell you your snoring is so loud there are disturbing the peace complaints being filed.
If you have had one or more people complain about the frequency or volume of your snoring, you may want to consult a professional to determine whether you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA causes people to stop breathing periodically throughout the night. The obstruction that causes the breathing cessation can also lead to loud snoring.
Sleep apnea affects more than 12 million people in the US alone. This sleep disorder is characterized by the cessation of breathing for periods lasting longer than 10 seconds.
If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive or central sleep apnea, you may think that weeks, months, or years of restless sleeping are over, but there’s still work to be done.
There’s a problem in our midst, and 22 million Americans suffer from it. What’s worse, 80 percent of these sufferers — that’s far more than half — don’t realize they have the condition.
It’s sleep apnea, and it’s a serious issue that should not be ignored. Left untreated, sleep apnea causes more than chronic fatigue; it can severely affect your health, and your life.
Keep reading to learn about the symptoms, side effects and treatment of the condition. Knowing could be the first step to you or a loved one seeking much-needed relief.
If you’re suffering from sleep apnea or snoring, you may not realize it — but I’m sure you’ve noticed that something’s off with the way you feel during the day. The side effects of a bad night’s sleep are tough, and they only get worse if the condition remains untreated.
Sleep apnea and chronic snoring are real problems, but the good news is there’s an accessible, effective solution.
There are two types of sleep apnea (the repeated cessation of breathing while asleep): obstructive and central. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction in the throat or nasal passage that blocks your ability to breathe. Central sleep apnea is caused by a misfiring in your brain that causes you to stop breathing.
CPAP is one of the only treatments that is effective in treating both types of apnea.
Both types of apnea have been linked to increased risk of chronic illness including:
Elevated blood pressure
Heart failure or arrhythmia
Additionally, people who suffer from sleep apnea are often overtired during the day, forgetful, and wake with a headache, sore throat or cotton mouth. The increased exhaustion caused by the restlessness of apnea has been linked to increased likelihood of car accident, inability to concentrate, and poor work and school performance.
Snoring, waking feeling more tired than when you went to sleep, forgetfulness, and frequent morning headaches are all side effects of sleep apnea, the cessation of breathing for 10 or more seconds at a time during sleep.
When breathing stops, the brain signals the body to awaken leaving most sleep apnea suffers dealing with exhaustion and a host of other concerns.
Because symptoms are so varied, patients often go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years before they discover they’ve been suffering from sleep apnea.
If you’re keeping loved ones up all night with your snoring, or you wake feeling more exhausted than when you went to sleep, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
Apnea is the cessation of breathing, and sleep apnea occurs while sleeping. There are two main types of sleep apnea obstructive and central.
Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain is not signaling the body to inhale. Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA occurs when the airway is obstructed during sleep.
Many people are familiar with CPAP machines to treat sleep apnea, but for OSA a small dental appliance often called a “snore guard” may work just as well.
Snoring is an issue that not only affects the snorer but also their partner who has to listen to them snore all night!
One great quality product which is becoming more popular is the AirSnore.
I found out about it from a friend who uses it. He is happy with it.
AirSnore is a 2 part system comprised of herbal drops and a plastic mouthpiece.
The device works to position the mouth in a way to combat snoring, and the drops clear the airways for longer and more restful sleep.
The system is suitable for people who suffer from occasional snoring during cold and flu season, but it’s also perfect for people who snore all the time.
If you think you’ve tried everything to treat your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), think again.
Yes, there is continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, which is effective, but only if worn consistently, and many patients do not tolerate this treatment well.
Alternatively, some people are prescribed a custom-fitted oral appliance that forces the mandibular (lower) jaw forward in order to keep your tongue and other soft tissue from collapsing around your airway and blocking breathing. However, for some, this treatment is insufficient and they still have sleep apnea episodes.
Snoring is simply the sound of sinus tissue vibrating as we breathe in and out. During the day, natural breathing generally occurs silently.When we suffer from a sinus infection, our day time breathing is often audible because the excess mucus and swollen tissue create an obstacle to natural air flow.
The sounds we here are those of the air flow being interrupted during breathing. Snoring occurs for similar reasons. As we sleep, our body relaxes. This includes muscles in our face and neck. Sometimes this relaxation blocks the passage of air to our body creating noises as the air moves through various points of obstruction.
Everyone snores differently, but the cause of snoring is the same: obstructed airways. When the obstruction becomes severe and patients are actually unable to breathe periodically during sleep, they are experiencing OSA.
Many patients have only ever heard about Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines for stopping the snoring related to OSA, but it’s possible that a simple dental appliance could help improve the symptoms of OSA and help patients sleep soundly without the hassle of CPAP maintenance.
CPAP machines are especially difficult for patients who are frequent travelers as they are bulky and generally require the use of distilled water.
Dental appliances help patients who snore by opening the airway so that air passes through unobstructed.
Oral appliances often called snore guards gently shift the lower jaw forward so the airway remains open as you sleep.
These guards are customized by your Dr. to fit your mouth and provide the most effective treatment for snoring related to OSA. For many patients these appliances are effective in treating OSA on their own. For some patients, your Dr. may recommend a combination of CPAP and snore guard treatment for the most effective treatment.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure says what it does right in the name. CPAP provides continuous positive airflow into your nose and/or mouth.
The pressure from the air pumped into your airways keeps them open and unobstructed so you can breathe deeply and rest easy.
CPAP has two main parts: the air tank and the face mask. Air is pumped from the air tank, through tubes, into the nose or mouth piece, and into your airways.
The constant pressure ensures your airways stay open throughout the night, and your body receives adequate oxygen while you rest.
Stay safe and good night
This article is provided by me and I am not a Doctor. Although I do suffer and use a CPAP myself, this is just gathered information. Statements made are not meant to offer medical advice nor to diagnose any condition. Any studies cited here may be preliminary, and may or may not be peer reviewed, and may or may not have sufficient participants to be statistically relevant. Anecdotal accounts should not be taken as scientific results. Products discussed in this article are not designed to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease. Consult your doctor about possible solutions.