Sleep Apnea Treatment
How’d You Sleep?
Snoring. There’s really nothing funny about the oft-parodied act. At its very least, it can be the source of stress between bed partners and, at its worst, well, read on.
Snoring, a sleep breathing disorder, is a sign that you are not getting enough oxygen at a time when your brain, heart, and other critical organs need it badly.
Unfortunately, snoring is only one sign that you may not be getting enough oxygen at night. Some people actually stop breathing for a few seconds many times during their sleep! There are other silent sleep breathing disorders that could deprive your body and its critical organs of the air that it needs. And the consequences of not refreshing and re-energizing your body at night can be very serious over a long period of time.
There are other subtle and not-so-subtle signs that you may not be breathing well at night and, thus, getting enough sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly seven out of 10 Americans say they experience frequent sleep problems and a majority of American adults (67 percent) do not get the recommended eight hours of sleep per night.
People with sleep breathing disorders are at increased risk for:
High blood pressure
Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
Memory disorders including Alzheimer’s disease
Falling asleep during the day and behind the wheel of a car