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 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.