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    Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring
    Copyright © 2005, Alan Schill

    With the advent of sleep studies and the technology used in these
    studies to monitor patients throughout the night, doctors are
    learning some pretty sobering news about the effects of snoring
    and obstructive sleep apnea.
    
    The two are not always present together for every snorer.  Far
    more people suffer from regular snoring than obstructive sleep
    apnea.  The differences between the two are outlined below.
    
    Snoring
    
    Snoring is a mild to extreme factor in the lives of millions of
    people.  The causes of snoring include being overweight,
    allergies, deviated septum, blocked passages and airways,
    drinking alcohol, and enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
    
    If you snore you are getting less quality sleep at night than
    non-snorers.  This can lead to bothersome effects like
    nervousness and lack of concentration during the day, to serious
    health problems like obesity, heart disease and many others.
    
    What doctors are telling their snoring patients is that snoring
    is serious and it must be addressed if their patients are to live
    a long, normal life.
    
    Rather than treat it like a nuisance and live with it, many
    people are waking up to the fact that snoring is causing them to
    be miserable and lethargic during the day.  Many snoring remedies
    exist that can completely cure snoring for most people
    immediately.  So the problem can be dealt with successfully.
    Obstructive Sleep Apnea
    
    A percentage of snorers also have something more sinister at
    work.  It is called obstructive sleep apnea, and it is a killer.
    
    Doctors are dead serious about treating this disease because of
    the serious nature of health effects it causes.
    
    Obstructive sleep apnea causes people who suffer from it to
    actually stop breathing many times per night.  It is common for
    people suffering from sleep apnea to wake themselves up over 100
    times per night.
    
    If you were to take part in a sleep study and the sleep tech
    reports over 100 instances where you stop breathing and wake
    yourself from deep REM sleep, your doctor will almost certainly
    prescribe something called a CPAP machine.
    
    This machine forces your airway open with pressurized airflow so
    that you breathe deeply while you sleep (finally) through the
    night.  Possibly for the first time in years.
    
    People who suffer from heavy snoring and sleep apnea who get
    treatment finally realize the serious effects their snoring has
    produced over time.
    
    Energy levels rise, the ability to concentrate and retain more
    information each day is vastly improved, and many people lose
    weight and have the energy to exercise more when they finally
    start getting the sleep they have been so desperately missing.
    
    Most people who snore just aren't taking it as seriously as they
    should.  Many don't know there are simple cures for snoring
    these days.  One trip around the internet will bring up devices
    of all kinds which claim to cure snoring.
    
    The best device, and least expensive, is a "chin strap."  This
    forces the mouth to remain closed and the chin locked in place
    throughout the night so that the airway remains open.
    
    For the vast majority of snorers, this is all that is required
    to turn their snoring problem around, and it takes effect on the
    first night's use.
    
    If you are concerned about sleep apnea and have awoken at night
    out of breath, sweating, and/or with a rapid heart rate, you
    need to seek the advice of your doctor.  Sleep apnea is an
    extremely serious disease that takes years off of your life span
    and ruins your health in many ways. 
    



    Writer's Resource Box:
    Alan Schill is a writer at Sleep Genie and writes on health. 
    For more information on a simple, inexpensive fix for most
    snorers, check out http://www.sleepgenie.com.




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