If you suffer from chronic snoring, you have undoubtedly been told you make too much noise when you sleep. Your spouse, sleep partner, kids or friends have likely made you aware that you snore loudly, teasing you about your nocturnal noises. While people snore for various reasons, it can be a sign of serious health issues. Here are some of the linked issues that can cause or accompany chronic snoring that are nothing to joke about.
Is it Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
One of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is chronic snoring. Almost everyone with OSA snores due to the obstruction while breathing during sleep. If you snore, you should talk to your doctor about whether you may have OSA. This condition can have serious health consequences – it is linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, depression and many other health problems. If you snore and have any of these other symptoms, you should see a doctor for diagnosis of OSA:
- Morning headaches
- Frequent urination during the night
- Fatigue throughout the day
- Mental fog or trouble concentrating
- High blood pressure
- Large neck size
Men are more likely than women to have OSA, but both genders are susceptible and it can occur at any age. Treatments for OSA can help improve your health with better quality sleep and reduce your snoring.
The Risk of Poor Sleep Quality
Even if you do not have OSA, chronic snoring likely is impacting your sleep quality. Snoring is caused by breathing obstructions, whether it is sinus problems, asthma, nasal congestion, large tonsils or excessive oral soft tissue. While you may not have your airway blocked, it can reduce the air and oxygen you are getting during the night. This can result in similar symptoms and health impacts of OSA, like fatigue, headaches and higher risks for certain health conditions.
Treating the underlying cause of snoring is often effective. Respiratory issues can be resolved to reduce snoring and improve your quality of sleep. Oral appliance therapy is another option, which can open your airway to reduce the obstructions that cause snoring and allow for deeper, more relaxing sleep.
Treatment for Chronic Snoring
If you have been teased for your snoring, it is time to find a treatment to quiet the noise and improve your health. Alora Dentistry offers comfortable oral appliance therapy that can stop snoring and improve sleep for you and those sleeping within earshot. Call us today to schedule a consultation.