No one likes to snore. No one likes to hear someone else snore. Those who do snore tend to get rudely awakened when someone jabs them in the ribs and those who share a bed or a household with someone who snores usually needs to sleep with earplugs in order to get any type of rest.
While snoring is not the most desirable quality to look for in a partner it can be a very loud, yet often overlooked, warning sign to a more serious condition. Usually when people are confronted with others who snore it’s overlooked as something the person can’t help. Maybe they’re older or overweight. Maybe they’re a heavy drinker. It’s assumed snoring goes hand-in-hand with these issues. In a sense, that’s not incorrect. Snoring can be caused by a variety of lifestyle choices and may be eliminated once these lifestyle pieces are adjusted or removed.
But if you’re that person who has done everything you can possibly think of to stop snoring and you still snore, you may have a more serious condition.
Sleep apnea is often left untreated and undiagnosed. There are people who have died from this condition never realizing that they had it in the first place.
What is sleep apnea then? It sounds very strange, doesn’t it?
Sleep apnea is a condition where the muscles in your airway are over relaxed for normal sleep. This causes your airway to be obstructed while you are sleeping. The obstruction of your airway muscles collapsing can range from slightly annoying to exceptionally serious. As with snoring when your tongue obstructs your airway, you may snore which is how your body reacts to that obstruction. There are several anti-snoring devices on the market that aim to address that particular issue. But when it’s the muscles inside your airway that you can’t really touch or support, you’ve got an issue.
People with sleep apnea will stop breathing for anywhere from several seconds to a minute during the night. This starves your body and your brain of oxygen which can lead to deadly effects such as high blood pressure, stroke, or heart failure. Our organs all need oxygen to keep functioning, not just our lungs, so when we stop breathing at any time our body goes into a type of shock.
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