Sleep Specialist on the Dangers of Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring may annoy your spouse, but it can also mean a danger to yourself.
Dr. Adam Fisch, a neurologist with JWM Neurology in Indianapolis and board-certified sleep specialist, says while snoring may be simply an annoyance, it could also be a warning sign for sleep apnea. He says studies are showing that sleep apnea is becoming more and more common. He says in the past, experts may have said 1 in 20 people have sleep apnea, but now it's more common in 1 in four people.
Dr. Fisch says the best and most common form of treatment is C-PAP therapy which involves the patient wearing a mask that opens up the airways. He says dentists can make can make oral devices to pull the jaw forward to get air flow in and Ear, Nose & Throat doctors can snip the uvulua to open up the airway.
Dr. Fisch says sleep apnea can disrupt your sleep structure which means you'll wake up from a less restful slumber. He says if you snore, have daytime sleepiness, wake up gasping for air or if someone sees you not breathing while you sleep, you should see a doctor to get checked out.