Loud Snoring- Don’t Take It Lightly

Written by Manny Erlich on October 3, 2012. Posted in Sleep Apnea Symptoms & Treatments, Snoring 101

Loud snoring is not just annoying–it is generally a sympton of obstructive sleep apnea, a very serious and potentially life threatening condition. The condition negatively impacts on a person’s blood pressure, heart and lungs. It makes it almost impossible for you or your partner to get a good night’s sleep.

How so? Snorers experience abnormal pauses in breathing that can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. Each of these breaks in breathing wakes the snorer. More times than not, they do not know they are not getting a restful night’s sleep. What is worse is that anyone sharing a room with a loud snorer will end up suffering some of the same restless sleep symptoms: constant fatigue, depression and headaches.

If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and have not found a cure, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine may be the best remedy.

Less invasive than surgery, a CPAP machine can restore regular breathing and put an end to loud snoring. The CPAP machine generates the ideal air pressure to keep a person’s airways open during sleep. Some CPAP machines modify air temperature and humidity to ensure the best treatment.

A CPAP machine is thought to be the best remedy for sleep apnea, but there is one catch. The machine is somewhat cumbersome and available only with a prescription. Users have to wear masks with tubes that attach to airflow boxes, and approximately one in five people who try the CPAP machine discontinue its use due to discomfort.

On the bright side, four out of five sleep apnea sufferers breathe and sleep much easier with a CPAP machine. If you have exhausted all the other obstructive sleep remedies, it is certainly worth a try.

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Manny Erlich

International Foundation of Employee Benefits - Certified Employee Benefits Specialist