Snoring is an unfortunate part of life for many people. Sometimes it is even more unfortunate for a wife or a husband who is trying to get a good night’s rest, while their spouse is laying there snoring the night away. But is snoring more than just an aggravation?
Those people who snore while sleeping often go medically undiagnosed, passing the problem off as no big deal. However, snoring actually causes more damage to your health when you do not seek treatment. This is especially true for those people who have sleep apena, which is a potentially life threatening medical condition.
What is Snoring?
The definition of snoring is described as noisy breathing thought the mouth and nose while sleeping. Current research showed that around 34 percent of all men are chronic snorers, while around 50 percent of all men report episodes of snoring. The incidence of snoring in women is much lower at around 18 percent.
Chronic snoring is the strongest indication that you may have sleep apnea according to experts. Sleep apnea is a dangerous medical condition that becomes more prevalent as people get older and begin to put on additional weight. Sleep apnea causes multiple breaks in your breathing pattern, making the airway collapse. These breaks in breathing can last 10 seconds or longer, starving your brain and body of vital oxygen. Once you stop breathing for these periods of time, you often end up choking or gasping for air upon waking up.
How Do You Know if You Have Sleep Apnea?
There are a few general signs you can look for when trying to determine if you suffer from sleep apnea. Some of these symptoms include:
- A consistent feeling of being tired
- A need to take naps during the daytime
- Waking up in the morning and still feeling extremely tired
- Changes in personality
- Males may experience impotence
- Marked decrease in memory
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, or are aware of the fact that you are a chronic snorer, speak with your doctor. Leaving sleep apena untreated can often lead to increased risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.
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