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Snoring

Dreaded snoring is one sleep disorder we've all grown to dislike. At some point in your life, you've probably been kept awake from another person's snoring - or been awakened by your own. Snoring is usually first recongized by someone other than the patient - usually a spouse who has become frustrated with their partner, sometimes even leading to sleeping in seperate bedrooms.

It is important to pay attention to snoring and seek medical attention, because more complex conditions may exist - including sleep apnea. A sleep study can identify these types of issues.

Causes & Symptoms of Snoring

A person's sleeping is directly related to relaxation. Normally, when a person enters deep sleep, the muscles in the body relax, including the muscles in the throat - which causes the airway to partially close, but allows air to flow freeley in and out of the body. When the muscles relax and airflow becomes obstructed, the person begins snoring. Air comes into and out of the lungs through this airway.

However, if the air flow in the throat and nose is obstructed, the air passage is narrowed and tissues rub together, which causes snoring. Caused by the obstruction of air movement during breathing while sleeping, severe snoring causes sleep deprivation for both the person snoring and their partner.

Symptoms

While the obvious symptom of snoring is the loud noise keeping others awake, the not-so obvious symptoms - or impacts - of snoring may include:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decreased libido
  • Psychological issues

When to See the Sleep Center

Snoring can be the sign of a more serious sleep disorder that could have real consequences if left untreated. Snoring is common for many people, however, if it is disrupting your life it might be time for a consultation at our sleep center.

An overnight sleep study may be recommended to evaluate for other sleep disorders like sleep apnea. That's why visiting a comprehensive sleep center like Sleep Center of the Rockies® is important. Many sleep labs cannot provide treatment for all sleep disorders.

Treatment

Nearly all treatments for snoring involve the clearing of blockage to the airway. Many times, snorers are advised to lose weight (which stops fat from closing off the throat), stop smoking and to sleep on their side. Treatment may require a dental appliance.

Specifically, when the snoring is related to sleep apnea, a CPAP device may be used to control the sleep disorder.

Because of the varied treatments used to help snoring subside, it's important that you visit a comprehensive sleep center like Sleep Center of the Rockies® is important. Many sleep labs cannot provide treatment for all sleep disorders.

Contact the Sleep Center of the Rockies® to find out more about the diagnosis and treatment of snoring. There is no reason that you cannot get on a path to good health through better sleep!