Are you a “Snorer”?

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Snoring can indicate that you have a serious medical condition. Many more people than we think suffer from Sleep Apnea and Snoring. Unbeknown to many, snoring can be associated and linked to heart disease.

There are of course other reasons why ones snore, not all of these are a danger to your health. Snoring is an obstruction of a person’s airway. The soft palate and the back of the throat relaxes and the airway is partially blocked.

Insights as to why a person like this feels exhausted is because your oxygen intake is restricted and diminished during your sleep time.

Does drinking alcohol increasing snoring? Of course. You are far more relaxed and therefore all the correlating muscles in the mouth and throat are more floppy.

Between 5% and 15% of middle-aged adults, probably suffer from sleep apnea it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. In addition, that is bad news, since studies have shown strong associations between sleep apnea and high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions. For people who suffer from sleep apnea, airway obstruction is so bad that breathing slows right down. These episodes are called apnea; the brain sends alert signals to the body, forcing a gasp, a gag or an extra powerful snore. If you are having this happen you are at greater risk for underlying heart disease, sleep apnea can lead to sudden death due to cardiac arrest.

People with untreated sleep apnea tend to develop these conditions years before they normally would. So how do you know whether you’re snoring is just that or a more serious problem? If your partner notices that, you periodically stop breathing for several seconds at a time that is a red flag. So is the volume of your snoring.

Waking up feeling exhausted is also a sign, especially if that feeling does not go away within 10 to 15 minutes of getting out of bed. People with untreated sleep apnea may also have trouble getting high-blood pressure under control, even with the help of medication.

How to treat sleep apnea? First, have it diagnosed in a sleep lab. Then some changes are needed, losing weight, not sleeping on your back, almost all cases can be treated by using a device called a continuous positive-air pressure machine.

Once diagnosed it will change your life. You will have more energy and you will be able to exercise and overall be healthier.

 

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