Is snoring more than just a nuisance for you or another family member? Snoring is a common breathing disorder that occurs during sleep. It’s estimated that 30 to 50 percent of people snore at some point in their lives. However, snoring sometimes is associated with a more serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea. This condition is characterized by repeated stoppages in breathing, each lasting 10 seconds or longer.
Common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- loud snoring
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
- restless sleep
- irritability, forgetfulness, or inability to concentrate
If you have these indicators, come in for an evaluation. If your bed partner reports that you stop breathing and gasp for air during sleep, you definitely should be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea.
If you have any concern that your snoring is more than just annoying, please call to schedule an appointment with us.