Is Snoring a More Serious Issue?
My Wife Says I Snore; Is There Something Wrong with Me?
Do you snore loudly, so much that you keep those around you awake? Do you sometimes wake yourself up in the middle of a loud snore? Then it’s time to find out if you might have obstructive sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that can affect your health and your life. You need to see an ENT specialist, like Dr. Richard Nass in Manhattan, NY. Only a skilled specialist like Dr. Nass can tell the difference between snoring and something more serious.
Snoring is a common problem. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 37 million Americans snore on a regular basis. But the foundation also states that about half of those who snore loudly actually have a serious sleep condition called sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a disorder where the tissue at the back of your throat relaxes. This relaxed tissue blocks your airway temporarily and cuts off your ability to breathe while you sleep. Your breathing may start and stop several times per night, resulting in poor sleep and fatigue during the day. Sleep apnea is a serious condition requiring treatment because your brain and organs aren’t getting enough oxygen to function properly. Lack of oxygen can lead to heart failure, stroke and memory problems.
There are common identifiable signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, including:
- Loud snoring
- Daytime sleepiness
- Waking with a gasping, choking feeling
- Waking with a sore throat
- Morning headaches
If your Manhattan ENT determines you have sleep apnea, he may fit you with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machine. The CPAP fits over your nose and mouth, and provides a continuous flow of air through your nose.
Dr. Nass wants you to know there are some things you can try at home for sleep apnea. Don’t drink alcohol or take sedatives before bed. You can also try taking a nasal decongestant and sleeping on your side. If you are a smoker, you should quit, as smoking makes it three times as likely you will develop sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that has the potential to shorten your life, so you don’t have a minute to lose. If you have a snoring problem and think you might have sleep apnea, get some help! Dr. Richard Nass, your ENT in Manhattan, NY, can help you stop snoring and breathe freely once again, so call today!