While snoring is annoying, it can be a very common part of everyday life. In short, snoring is caused by small vibration in the tissues of the nose and throat. Snoring can be made more common depending on your sleep position, medications, or if you have fallen sick. However, there are certain times when snoring isn’t normal and can indicate a serious problem. Loud snoring that happens each night can be one of the main symptoms of a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is left untreated, there can be potentially deadly complications. Let’s take a look at a few of these said complications in the following article.
Sleep apnea initially occurs as the airways become narrowed due to a collapsing of soft tissues in the nose. This causes pauses in breathing while sleeping and can happen hundreds of times per night. Each pause can even potentially last longer than a minute. The collapse of these airways and chronic snoring is the first indicator of this disorder. If you wake up frequently choking or gasping for air, or even have morning time headaches from a lack of oxygen while you sleep, you may have sleep apnea. The long-term consequences of sleep apnea can take a real toll on your body, increasing your risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and even strokes.
The best thing that you can do for your body is to get sleep apnea treated as soon as possible. Beverly Thurmond, DDS, in Raleigh, NC, can help! In order to determine the best form of treatments to meet your needs, scheduling a consultation is the best route to take on your path to finding a solution. Feel free to contact our office via email or phone call as soon as possible to schedule your consultation.