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Snoring is a problem that affects nearly half of all adults to some extent. This unwanted habit can cause disruptions for both the snorer and their partner and in some cases, excessive snoring can be the sign of a more serious problem, most notably restricted breathing caused by obstructive sleep apnea.

Whether your snoring is just a simple annoyance or the result of a serious medical condition, our team is ready to help you put a rest to your snoring habit so that you can experience the benefits of a good night of sleep.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring occurs when the flowing air passing through the passages located at the back of a person’s mouth and nose becomes blocked. This usually happens when the throat is overly relaxed, causing an obstruction of the airway. This results in loud vibrations that take place whenever the person breathes. Although this can be bothersome for both the snorer and their partner, many cases of snoring do not represent serious medical conditions.

However, heavy snoring is also the key characteristic of obstructive sleep apnea. This condition is marked by pauses in breathing and shallow breaths while asleep. An individual suffering from obstructive sleep apnea will typically experience pauses in breathing that last anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to more serious problems, including heart attack and stroke.

Treatment

Although there is a strong correlation between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, their methods of treatment are quite different.

Snoring can often be lessened or eliminated entirely by making some simple lifestyle changes. Some of these changes include:

  • Losing weight
  • Improving fitness
  • Avoiding sleeping medication
  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Sleeping on the side instead of the back
  • Elevating the head while asleep

Obstructive sleep apnea is a more serious issue, and it often requires direct medical intervention. Some of the most common treatment methods for obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • CPAP Devices
  • EPAP Therapy
  • Surgery

If you or a loved one is suffering from heavy snoring or sleep apnea, please call us at (509) 292-3779 to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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