Is My Snoring Dangerous or Just Annoying?
Snoring — sound made when tissues from the nose to the throat vibrate during sleep
- Muscle relaxants
- Nasal polyps
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Obesity of the neck
- Deviated septum
- Smoking before bed
- Drinking alcohol before bed
- Allergy or cold inflammation
- Don't sleep on your back
- Lose weight
- Limit alcohol and smoking
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Limit opiates, barbiturates and anxiety medications
When is Snoring Dangerous?
Loud snoring can be a serious sleep disorder.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a blockage that stops breathing and disturbs sleep.
OSA Symptoms and Effects on Health
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- Pauses in breathing during sleep
- Choking or gasping awake from sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Problems with attention or memory
- Irritability or depression
- Morning headaches
- High blood pressure
If any of these symptoms occur with loud snoring, speak to your doctor for further evaluation.
In a Sleep Lab
- Records snoring, pauses in breathing, oxygen desaturations and muscle movement
- Identifies sleep stages, body position, blood oxygen levels, respiratory events, muscle tone, heart rate, eye movement, brain waves, amount of snoring and general sleep behavior
- Records oxygen saturation, heart rate, airflow, chest and abdomen movement, time snoring and sleep position
50 to 70 million people have a sleep disorder
Half of Americans report snoring
50 percent of loud snorers have obstructive sleep apnea
~31% of men have obstructive sleep apnea
~21% of women have obstructive sleep apnea