Sleep Apnea and Snoring


Wicked Snoring / Breathing Lapses / Sleep Apnea

Getting a good night of sleep is very important, but it doesn’t occur for everyone. Snoring can not only interrupt your sleep, but that of your partner as well. Some individuals don’t breathe like they should while sleeping, and actually stop breathing for a few seconds. This could be due to sleep apnea (aka Sleep apnoea) or other concerns. It is important to do what you can to find the underlying causes and get treatment for them.

sleep apnea | sleep apnoea, snoringSome of the warning signs of these issues include:

 Your partner telling you that you are snoring loudly or not breathing at times during your sleep

  • You wake yourself up due to loud snoring
  • You are tired when you get up even after being in bed for a sufficient number of hours

Sleep deprivation is very serious as it can cause you to become less alert during the day. You may become drowsy at your job or while you are driving a vehicle or while operating machinery. Your ability to remember may be hindered as well.

There are steps you can take to help you reduce these types of problems. If you are overweight, you need to change your diet and get more exercise. Losing as little as 10 pounds can make a huge difference in how you sleep. Try sleeping on your side instead of your back. That will reduce the snoring for most people. You may need a special pillow to help tilt your head up higher than the rest of your body.

Talk to your doctor about snoring and breathing issues. They can issue tests that can determine if you have sleep apnea. They may refer you to a sleep clinic where you will go to sleep for a couple of nights. They can monitor your activities and then devise a treatment plan from there. You may need to wear an oxygen mask at night to help supplement when you aren’t breathing normally like you should.

In some instances of sleep apnea, surgery may be necessary. This surgery can help to reduce blockage of the nasal passages. Being able to get a good night of sleep on a regular basis is very important so don’t put off getting the situation evaluated.

 

Image: Habib M‘henni, Public Domain

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to “Sleep Apnea and Snoring”

  1. P Harrington says:

    Hello –

    My wife threatened me with bodily harm if I didn’t seek help.
    She is resting comfortably now -and, so am I.

    Nice job on the site. Thanks.

    P. Harrington

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