What Snoring Can Do To Your Health
Is Snoring More Than An Inconvenience?
Do you know anyone who snores? Do you snore? If you’ve ever tried to fall asleep when someone else is disruptively snoring, you know that it’s nearly impossible. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, the loud, uncontrollable sound affects approximately 90 million Americans today– half of them being primary snorers and the other half possibly having a life-threatening sleep disorder.
Many people are unaware of the correlation which is why it’s often untreated, but deep, loud snoring can be a sign that you, or a loved one, has sleep apnea. Both snoring and sleep apnea occur during sleep when the airflow through the nose or throat are obstructed, but this obstruction is far more severe in the case of sleep apnea.
Since the two conditions are so closely related, mistreatment or neglect of treatment are likely to occur. If sleep apnea is ignored, it can increase your likelihood of a more serious risk, such as a stroke, type 2 diabetes, or depression.
Snoring Can Affect Your Relationship
Although many people don’t believe their snoring is a big deal and aren’t too eager to seek a sleep study for their potential sleep disorder, their sleeping partner may say otherwise. Your rowdy breathing is sure to be keeping your significant other up throughout the night and they’re probably the first to recognize your symptoms of sleep apnea.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, your snores turn into abrupt gasping for air in the midst of your sleep, which often awakens your partner. These common awakenings can quickly generate a rift within your relationship because of the lack of sleep.
Loss of quality sleep can quickly trigger exhaustion, irritability, and even resentment. Your partner will be more induced to sleep in different rooms which can ultimately lead to a damaged sex life, lost feelings towards each other, and even permanent separation or divorce. In fact, snoring is the third leading cause of divorce in American couples.
It’s best to visit a doctor to discover if your snoring is more serious than just a habitual irritant. The tension between you and your sleep partner can be resolved once your sleep apnea is diagnosed and treated.
How to Catch Your Sleep Apnea Early
Once you notice your days have become less productive because of your low energy, headaches, and mood swings, receiving a sleep study is your next course of action. Prior to your appointment with your local sleep physician, we offer a free Sleep Apnea Assessment that will help clarify your condition before you receive an official diagnosis.
When you go in for your overnight sleep test, your physician will determine if your snoring and symptoms are indicative of sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, Dr. Bogrow will work with your doctor to find a suitable treatment to help relieve your snoring.
At the Dental Center for Sleep Apnea and Snoring, we offer a wide range of snoring and sleep apnea treatments that are custom-made for each individual. A small, comfortable oral appliance can help open your airway enough so there’s no longer a blockage that’s impeding your ability to breathe.
Discover the Relief You’ve Been Waiting For
When you seek care with Dr. Bogrow and Associates, you’ll find that our treatments are effective and comfortable. You and your sleep partner will no longer be disturbed at night by snoring or sudden gasps. The quality sleep you both have been longing for will be quickly restored after your visit at our Southfield, MI dental sleep center. Schedule your appointment today to get started.