Snoring: What is your body telling you?

Frustrated man and sleeping woman

Frustrated man and sleeping woman

A lack of quality sleep can manifest itself in many ways. Excessive sleepiness, for example, may be due to sleep-deprivation or may be a sign of a sleep disorder.  Sleep Apnea is often to blame. Sleep apnea is a cessation of breath during sleep, and usually occurs from a blockage in the back of the throat.

Did you know snoring may be a symptom of a serious, potentially life-threatening, condition called sleep apnea. The good news is, for most people both snoring and sleep apnea can be eliminated in one day.

The problem is much more common than many realize. In fact, approximately 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy or insomnia. An additional 20-30 million individuals experience intermittent sleep related problems.

Snoring is a common symptom that acts as an alert of sleep apnea. When snoring and sleepiness co-exist, the likelihood of sleep apnea must be considered. Snoring can be problematic, not only for the person snoring, but also for anyone nearby.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Simple, non-invasive testing can be performed to accurately diagnose many leading conditions that may cause snoring or excessive sleepiness. If treatment is necessary, it can be accomplished through a second night study. In many cases, patients will become more alert and productive the very next day, no surgery or medications required. These conditions can be very quickly corrected, resulting in an improved quality of life, as well as decreasing cardiovascular risks for heart attacks, strokes and heart irregularities.

Sleep Hygiene

The good news is that diagnosing and treating these ailments is nothing to lose sleep over. Developing healthy sleep habits will encourage a decrease or elimination in symptoms. Give these a try:

  • Avoid caffeine for six hours before bedtime
  • Avoid alcohol for two hours before bedtime
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes
  • Exercise, but not within 2 hours of bedtime
  • Maintain a regular sleep/wake cycle

Don’t stay in the dark about healthy sleep. Visit the Sleep Center at ADC. Other disorders can also disturb your sleep. They may include periodic movements in sleep, restless legs syndrome, nightmares, panic attacks, sleep walking, sleep talking and many others. Contact Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic to schedule an appointment..

Additional information about sleep disorders can be obtained from the American Sleep Disorders Association or by scheduling an appointment for a consultation with a sleep specialist.

ADC Sleep Disorders Center

ADC Sleep Disorders Center

 

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