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Sleep Apnea: Things to Consider When You Start Snoring Louder

One usually wonders why he snores at night. Both friends and family members usually joke him around. The strange and funny sounds you make while on your sleep seems so amazingly hilarious to them. At first, you seem amused as well, laughing your snoring issue with them. But then it gets to a point, that it is no longer a laughing matter to you; in fact, you don’t find it funny anymore when they make jokes about it. Your lack of sleep from several nights puts you in a point where you seem edgy and oversensitive, especially when you finally realize that it is now a real problem for you, and others seem only to make fun of your predicament.

When you are losing sleep, and can’t get a good night’s rest —  perhaps your snoring has become a sleeping disorder known as Sleep Apnea Snoring. You will know that you probably might have Sleep Apnea Snoring when occasionally choke and gasp for breath in your sleep, and when your snoring becomes very loud. There is obstructed breathing with this case. And episodes of obstructed breathing vary from 30 to 300 events per night and last more than 10 seconds per event. These reduce oxygen levels in the blood, which causes the heart to work harder.

The side effects of having Sleep Apnea Snoring is that the affected person will not have a good rest out of his sleep, and he will usually feel sleepy throughout the day. With several nights under this condition, he becomes jittery, unable to concentrate on the task at hand, moody and experiences headaches throughout the day. The worst effects of Sleep Apnea Snoring, especially if left untreated, include heart failure, irregular heartbeats, and hypertension.

Usually experienced by males, overweight people, and those over age forty, this does not exclude children at all. Having large tonsils or having excess tissue in the throat area seems to increase the person’s probability of having Sleep Apnea Snoring. Having larger neck sizes than normal also contribute to this.

If you observe these symptoms, it is wise to have yourself checked up by the doctor. A polysomnography is used to diagnose Sleep Apnea Snoring conditions. This test records your heart rate, muscle activity, airflow, blood oxygen levels, electrical activity of the brain, and the like, during your night’s sleep.

Treatment of Sleep Apnea Snoring may be through self-help like having a healthy food diet combined with a sound exercise program. This is usually utilized for those on mild conditions only. Continuous positive airway pressure is also used to blow air through your upper airway, which prevents airways tissues from obstructing your breathing during sleep. For serious cases, surgery would be the answer. This is commonly applied for those with upper airway obstruction caused by enlarged tonsils, a deformed nasal septum, etc. Surgery should be the last recourse though in treating Sleep Apnea Snoring.

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