Snoring is not always just annoying. It may be the symptom of a more serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea.
 
If you have sleep apnea, you periodically stop breathing while sleeping. You may stop breathing just a few times or hundreds of times each night. You may not breathe for only a few seconds or as long as two minutes. When you resume breathing, there may be a loud snort or gasp, and you may briefly awaken.
 
Sleep Apnea is a serious medical condition associated with increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, muscular spasm and pains, stroke, palpitations, diabetes, obesity, impotence, depression, memory loss, tiredness, driving/work-related accidents, poor immune system, and  most recent  research has indicated an association with some forms of cancer, such as breast cancer.
 
Sleep apnea is usually associated with daytime sleepiness because your rest is regularly disturbed. High blood pressure and weight gain are often associated with this disorder. Sleep apnea is most common in men who have high blood pressure, are overweight and snore, but anyone can be affected by this sleeping problem.

 

Defining Sleep Apnea

Among the most common sleep disorders are insomnia and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA causes people to stop breathing intermittently throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea affects an estimated 24% of men and 9% of women; about 10% of adults have chronic insomnia

In patients with obstructive sleep apnea, the soft tissues in the upper airway relax during sleep and block the flow of air. Respiratory effort continues during the event.

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  • An apnea is a complete occlusion of the airway and subsequent cessation of airflow for at least ten seconds.
  • Patients who suffer from apneas also tend to exhibit hypopneas, a partial occlusion of the airway that results in a 25-50% reduction in airflow.
  • Both apneas and hypopneas lead to oxygen desaturation and intermittent hypoxia.
  • More than 42 to 64 percent of men with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are impotent. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) afflicts more than 24 million individuals in the United States. -One in 3 men and approximately 1 in 5 women who are habitual snorers suffer from some degree of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • People with sleep apnea subconsciously awaken many times a night — even dozens of times an hour — because their airways close, disrupting their breathing. Sleep apnea sufferers often snore heavily and are tired during the day.

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If you feel as though you may have sleep apnea, please call Vida Sleep center & spa at 201 766 6471 to schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified sleep medicine physicians to discuss your symptoms.

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