What is Snoring?
There are muscles in your throat that control the tongue and soft palate. These muscles work together to help in holding your airway open while you sleep. When those muscles relax and fall back into the airway, it creates a partial obstruction that hinders the air from passing by. Snoring is the sound you hear when the air tries to pass by the obstruction in the airway. We have often laughed at and made fun of people that snored or made strange noises while they slept, however, this could be a sign of much more serious problem called Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA.
Snoring is a very common problem. It is estimated that nearly half of all men and one third of all women snore. If the snoring is loud and chronic, it can put a strain on your relationship with your spouse and often times it forces one of them into another room or to sleep on the couch.
Does Everyone That Snores Have Sleep Apnea?
The simple answer to this question is “No.” Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea and not everyone with sleep apnea snores. The biggest sign is how you feel during the day. When you have sleep apnea, the chances are you are tired and miserable all day. Some people even fall asleep at their desk at work. They become cranky, moody and very irritable as a result of their body not getting the proper amount of rest.
If your spouse is telling you that you are snoring loudly, gasping for breath or you just stop breathing altogether for short periods of time, then you need to get checked out and have a sleep study done to determine whether or not you have sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is very serious and can even be life threatening. It is important to get the proper diagnosis and treatment.
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