How many of us snore or know someone who snores? Studies have shown that almost 45% of people snore at least occasionally. So there are pretty good odds that one or people you know snores. But at what point is snoring more than just snoring? When does snoring become a sign of something more hazardous to the snorer’s help?
Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction of some sort to the free flow of air at the back of the mouth and nose. The vibration of air passing through these obstructions causes the sound we know as snoring.
While snoring itself isn’t dangerous to our health, habitual snoring can be a sign of a serious sleep disorder. One such disorder is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA, if left undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to more serious health risks such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Along with the long-term health risks, many immediate symptoms may take shape. Those with untreated OSA may experience other effects such as daytime drowsiness or fatigue, frequent headaches, or even depression. All of these symptoms have obvious other risks and hazards that could be dangerous.
Those who snore loudly and frequently are more at risk for sleep apnea than others. Those with OSA often experience a gasping for breath while sleeping, so if you hear your partner or someone you know struggling with this, let them know so they can seek help from their healthcare provider as soon as possible. Some of the other risk factors and symptoms are as follows:
- Those who are overweight
- Those over 40
- Those with a large neck size (greater than 17 inches in men, and 16 inches in women)
- Restless Sleep
- Waking up with a sore or dry throat often
- Forgetfulness or mood changes
If you or a loved one have sleep apnea, and are seeking medical treatments, Dr. Bez is the premiere provider of Sleep Apnea services in Columbus, Ohio. Schedule an appointment today, and we can help get you on the right track to a better night’s sleep.