When Snoring Becomes a Serious Problem

Jul 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Sleep Apnea

Snoring is a notorious nuisance that affects sleeping partners across the country. Under the right circumstances, such as a scripted comedic scene, snoring can be humorous; but in real life, the partner who hears and lays awake to it may not find it so funny. In some cases, snoring may even be indicative of a sleep disorder that can also deprive you of the rest that you desperately need to remain healthy. Today, we explore the mechanics behind snoring, how it may lead to obstructive sleep apnea, and the dangers of not treating the sleep disorder.

The Dangers of Chronic Snoring

Snoring is the result of mouth and throat tissues that relax and restrict your airway when you sleep. The sound that emanates is the sound of air squeezing past these tissues and making them vibrate violently. Obstructive sleep apnea describes a condition where these tissues relax too much and close the airway completely, forcing you to stop breathing in your sleep. Your mind and body panic enough to restart the breathing process, though typically not enough to rouse you to consciousness. However, the disturbance can occur hundreds of times a night and stop you from falling into deep, R.E.M. sleep; the stage of sleep during which your mind and body rest and rejuvenate.

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation

If snoring indicates obstructive sleep apnea, then an annoyed sleeping partner will not be your only clue. The continuous oxygen and sleep deprivation can lead to numerous health issues. If you experience any of the following symptoms of sleep deprivation, but no memory of disrupted sleep, then you may be suffering from sleep apnea;

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Inability to focus/concentrate
  • Unusual irritability
  • A weaker immune system (more frequent illnesses)
  • Difficulties with health and weight management

Find Out if We Can Help You Stop Snoring

To learn more, or schedule a consultation, contact Hilltop Family Dental today by calling (510) 758-7222. Located in Richmond, CA, we also proudly serve patients from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and all surrounding communities.

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