Do you snore loudly?
Are you the target of bad jokes or middle of the night elbow thrusts? If this sounds familiar then you may already know that snoring is no laughing matter.
Loud snoring can be a sign that something is seriously wrong with your breathing during sleep. Snoring indicates that the breathing passage in your throat is not fully open. This closing of the throat causes vibrations which leads to the snoring noise. This noise becomes worsen as the opening becomes more and more constricted during sleep.
It is estimated that nearly 30% of adults snore, but in most cases they have no serious medical conditions. However, there is a fair number of people where loud nightly snoring is a sign of a serious sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles that stiffen and open the throat tend to relax during sleep. This relaxation may not cause a problem for some people but for people with obstructive sleep apnea the narrowing may be so great that breathing itself may become near impossible.
People with OSA may not get enough oxygen during sleep and most likely are not getting enough quality sleep for a healthy lifestyle.
What causes obstructive sleep apnea?
The reasons for the muscles in the throat to relax during sleep varies among patients but with obstructive sleep apnea patients they usually have additional factors that contribute to the throat closure. These factors may include:
- smaller that normal jaw
- large tongue
- enlarged tonsils
- tissues that partially block the passageway
- increased weight
- hormonal changes
- stimulants such as alcohol, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers
If you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) then you may not be getting enough oxygen during sleep. You may suffer from sleepiness that can impact your work, social activities and all type of daily activities including driving.
Warnings signs of OSA:
- loud snoring
- snoring interrupted by pauses
- gasps of breathe
- falling asleep at the wrong times
- trouble concentrating
- morning headaches or nausea
These problems normally progress over a period of time and treatment of OSA can reduce sever risks and improve the overall health of a patient.
A to Z Sleep specializes in all snoring sleep disorder conditions. Contact us today at (386) 423-0505 extension 1234 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org for complete information on sleep disorders or a sleep study at one of our four sleep lab locations in Central Florida.