Snoring and Sleep Apnea London Ontario
Sleep apnea robs people of vitality, health, and sometimes life itself. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you are very likely to fall asleep anywhere and everywhere, even while driving. Heavy snoring disrupts your sleep and that of your family. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a surprisingly common, debilitating potentially fatal, treatable and frequently unrecognized disorder. Fortunately, treatment for sleep apnea can restore health and vitality so you can have the energy to do the things you enjoy in your life.
Snoring Is Not Necessarily Sleep Apnea
It is important to distinguish between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Many people snore but they don’t have sleep apnea. It’s estimated that approximately 30% to 50% of the population snores at one time or another. Still, loud habitual snoring is usually a precursor to OSA. Even a social inconvenience like snoring can require treatment, and there are several options available to chronic snorers at Alba Dental Centre.
Snoring is the result of tissues in the throat relaxing enough that they partially block the airway and vibrate, creating a sound. Depending on an individual’s anatomy and other lifestyle factors such as alcohol consumption and body weight, the sound of the vibration can be louder or softer.
Loud frequent snoring is one of the indicators of OSA, which is a chronic condition characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. When people with OSA fall asleep, they can stop breathing for a few seconds to a minute or more. Both conditions can be caused or made worse by obesity, large tongue and tonsils, ageing and head and neck shape.
If you or your partner is a frequent loud snorer, stops breathing, gasps or chokes during sleep, experiences excessive restlessness at night or feels sleepy during the day, you may want to bring it up with Dr. Baalbaki and Dr. Alsabbagh to see whether a sleep study is necessary.