Ahh snoring, the sound produced by your upper airway vibrating while you sleep is a sound many of us know too well. Snoring is a pretty common bodily function for a large part of the population while we sleep. But it's important to note when a little harmless snoring turns into chronic snoring or sleep apnea.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common condition that occurs when your upper airway becomes repeatedly blocked during the night which stops you from breathing and getting the proper amount of oxygen throughout your body.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea can easily be spotted by knowing yourself or by your partner or family members who sleep near you.
The symptoms are:
- Witnessed breathing pauses during sleep
- Excess sleepiness during the day
- Morning headaches
- Concentration issues
- A sore throat in the morning
- Restless sleep
- Gasping or choking at night
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain at night
- Snoring is keeping up partner
- Very loud snoring
- Frequent frustration and anger
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea can be caused by physical build or a medical condition and can progressively worsen over time.
The most common causes of sleep apnea are:
- Large tonsils
- Endocrine disorders
- Neuromuscular disorders
- Heart or kidney failure
- Certain genetic syndrome
- Premature birth
What are the Treatments for Sleep Apnea?
Treatments may vary based on the severity of sleep apnea case and doctors may make recommendations to help maintain the air flow through your airways. You can also make changes to make yourself healthier such as exercise, making healthy meals and quitting smoking. Getting the proper comfortable and supportive pillow or bed can also help you sleep properly or you may even need to purchase a sleep mask.