Snoring May Be More Than a Little Problem
- Posted on: Jun 30 2018
Snoring is something that every person may do from time to time. A mild cold may cause us to snore, or a bout with allergies. We might snore during a night when we are extraordinarily tired or when we enjoyed an extra nightcap before bed. These are minor situations of snoring that tend to be more annoying than concerning. If your snoring goes beyond the occasional night of disrupted sleep; if your snoring interrupts your sleep or the quality of sleep your loved ones can get, you may be facing a more significant problem.
Loud, disruptive snoring doesn’t have to become something that you worry about. However, there is a chance that chronic snoring needs to be treated in a particular way to prevent long-term health complications. To obtain the type of care that is necessary, you first need to determine if your snoring is related to obstructive sleep apnea. Here, we discuss a few ways your body clues you in.
Sleep: Enough is Never Enough
When you spend a good 8 to 9 hours in bed each night, you understandably believe that you have gotten “enough” sleep. If your sleep is disrupted continuously, though, your body never reaches those deep states in which real rejuvenation occurs. A universal sign of a sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea is feeling tired all day, no matter how much sleep you think you get. People whose sleep is interrupted numerous times a night may also fall asleep when trying to watch television or even while stopped at a red light.
Your Blood Pressure Rises
Blood pressure may be a hidden indicator of obstructive sleep apnea that is recognized after treatment for chronic snoring has been sought. When blood pressure rises for no apparent reason, we can look at the possibility of obstructive sleep apnea because of the physiological reaction the body undergoes when breathing stops. It goes like this: muscles around the airway relax and cause compression; snoring becomes loud; the airway closes under the weight of muscles; snoring stops (because you’re not breathing); the brain panics and releases adrenaline; blood vessels constrict, causing blood pressure to increase. These steps occur in rapid succession each time respiration is interrupted.
Get More Information on Sleep Apnea Treatment
We are proud to offer a comfortable oral appliance for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. According to studies, this form of therapy provides significant benefits, including long-term health. To learn more, contact our Portland office at 503.646.1463.
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