Is Snoring Always Related to Sleep Apnea?
Snoring is one of the most obvious and best known symptoms of sleep apnea, but not all snoring is related to sleep apnea. About 80 million people in North American snore, but only 12 million are believed to have sleep apnea. Identifying the cause of your snoring can help you get a better night’s sleep if you are one of the millions of Americans who has undiagnosed sleep apnea.
Occasional snoring is fairly common. You may be more likely to snore if you have allergies, a head cold, drink before bed, or are overweight. People with large tonsils or a deviated septum are also more likely to snore, which occurs when the soft palate and uvula vibrate during sleep. Chronic snoring can be a sign of something more serious.
Chronic snoring that is occasionally punctuated by gasping or choking sounds may be a sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is obstructed during sleep. Your breathing may be interrupted many times a night, and this keeps you from getting the sleep you need. It also deprives your body of oxygen, which can sharply increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and other potentially serious health issues.
Sleep apnea is highly treatable. We can evaluate your needs and determine the best way to treat your symptoms. CPAP therapy can be extremely effective for managing sleep apnea, but many people prefer oral appliances, which look and feel more like mouth guards. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our Los Angeles sleep apnea expert.
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