Many people joke about loud snoring and the disruptiveness it causes spouses and family members, but snoring is not something to joke about. Aside from the strain it puts on relationships, constant loud snoring may be a signal that something is seriously wrong. In many cases, snoring can be a life-threatening condition known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects millions of people and often results in loud, sleep-disturbing snoring.
- Has your spouse or family told you that you snore?
- Do you wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air?
- Does your spouse keep you up all night snoring?
- Do you sleep in a separate room from your spouse due to snoring?
You or your spouse may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) if you answered yes to any of these questions.
When may snoring not be sleep apnea?
It is very important to distinguish between simple snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Many people snore while they sleep. Estimates show that about 40% of the population in the United States snores at one time or another. Some of those people snore significantly. While all forms of snoring can be disruptive and annoying to spouses or other family members, not all snoring can be attributed to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). There are options for treating this type of snoring as well.
When is it snoring and when is it sleep apnea?
Not everyone with sleep apnea snores and vice versa, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. You may be able to ascertain the difference simply based on how you feel during the day. Snoring on its own may not be disruptive enough to cause you to have restless sleep, as it does not normally awaken the sufferer. That means you simply won’t be as tired during the day; however, it may be difficult for you to determine what is causing your snoring, and that is best left to professionals, such as Dr. Terry Gordon.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Gordon to find out what may be causing your snoring and to learn about a treatment plan to get relief.