Each night, snoring disrupts the lives of those who suffer from having one of their airways obstructed. This not only causes snoring, but can force a person to awake constantly during the night without realizing it.
Are you snoring or waking up frequently during the night? If so, then you’re likely aware of what happens because of it:
- Your body is forced to wake when it should be sleeping
- You fail to get a good night’s sleep
- Your spouse and family are kept awake by your snoring
- You feel tired and worn out during the day
You owe it to yourself and your family to learn why you’re snoring and can’t remain asleep, and take action. A common cause of heavy snoring is sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea and How Does it Affect You?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that disrupts your sleep, and can take a toll on your health and well-being. In fact, sleep apnea can be life-threatening. You should consult with your doctor immediately if you believe you may suffer from it.
Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing pauses for ten seconds or more repeatedly while sleeping. When your breathing stops, oxygen ceases to move to the necessary parts of your body, including your brain. This can happen hundreds of times each time you go to bed.
Sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans. Take your name off of that list and schedule an appointment with the Illinois Sinus Center.
What Causes Your Sleep Apnea?
There are two forms of sleep apnea -- obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. When the muscles in the back of your throat can’t keep your airway open, obstructive sleep apnea occurs. Central sleep apnea, the rarer of the two forms of apnea, happens when the brain can’t properly control your breathing during sleep.
Your lifestyle also impacts the likelihood that you will suffer from sleep apnea. Losing weight if you are overweight, avoiding alcohol, and quitting smoking can reduce or eliminate your sleep apnea.
How Can You Know if You Have Sleep Apnea?
If you do have sleep apnea, getting diagnosed and treated immediately can help you avoid further harm. To learn if you have sleep apnea and what treatment options are available, you should consult with a trained specialist.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Chronic snoring
- Mood and memory issues
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sexual dysfunction
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart disease
Illinois Sinus Center will work with you to observe your symptoms and diagnose the issue. This may include a sleep study. If you do, in fact, suffer from sleep apnea, we will walk you through options and create a custom treatment plan.
What Are Sleep Apnea Treatments?
Illinois Sinus Center specialists strive to find the right treatment for each individual patient instead of forcing you into an option that won’t provide you with relief. We have witnessed the effectiveness of the continuous positive airway pressure device, referred to as the CPAP. CPAP gently fills your airway with air through a mask. This keeps your airways open and prevents obstructive sleep apnea from disrupting your sleep and causing long-term damage.
Other treatment options include dental appliances, which reposition the lower jaw and tongue, and upper airway surgery, which permanently removes tissue in the airway.
Breathe with Ease, Restore Peaceful Sleep
The Illinois Sinus Center has a successful history of restoring the sleep of those who suffer from sleep apnea. If you are ready to stop snoring and get the sleep your body needs and deserves, reserve your appointment today!