Is your snoring a sign of sleep apnea?

snoring2Is the low grumble of snoring starting to be a lyrical trend at night? Are you or your loved one noticing a trend in your nightly sleep pattern? Is this consistent trend pertaining to snoring? Does it seem during the day that your nights rest has still left you tired? Maybe it’s time you scheduled a appointment for a sleep apnea test. Chances are if you are snoring nightly, and not from a stuffy nose or allergy’s sleep apnea may be to blame.

What is Sleep Apnea?

When you sleep at night you may not be privy to your exact sleeping pattern. Sleep apnea affects how you breath. Snoring to most may seem like it’s no big deal, or perhaps a big nuisance to your bed partner having to endure the loud rumble of snoring. When you snore your throat and tongue muscles start to relax, there for you tongue falls to the back of the throat. When this happens through out the night over and over you end up not breathing for a few seconds at a time. Thankfully our body is programmed to send a immediate alert to the brain to remember to breath. The unfortunate part is, you’re never getting into a R.E.M sleep state. This is where you fully shut down into a deep restful sleep. Most people that are suffering from sleep apnea and snoring, also suffer from high blood pressure as well.

Test yourself

Sleep apnea is quite common, but not to be taken so lightly either. Your health is important, and not sleeping soundly takes a toll on your body and your health. If you are a loud chronic snorer, choking, gasping, long pauses in breathing, high blood pressure, and experiencing excessive sleepiness during the day; are all symptoms that you very well may have sleep apnea. If you live alone it may be tough to figure out if you are in fact snoring nightly.  There is a solution to your troubles of sleepless nights. Take my simple on-line sleep disorder questionnaire and I’ll give you a free, no-obligations diagnostic recommendation. If sleep apnea is deemed to be a problem, I urge you to visit your dentist in San Jose/Los Gatos and say yes to a happier healthier you!