Loud Snoring Could Signal A Sleep Disorder
“You’re snoring again.”
How many times have you said this to your spouse in the past month? How many nights have you struggled to fall asleep because of the loud, seemingly endless snoring happening just a few feet away from you?
It’s not just affecting you at night. When your alarm goes off, you don’t feel like you’ve gotten much sleep. You are irritable with your spouse, and sometimes that carries over to your co-workers.
You wish more than anything that you had a way to get your spouse to stop snoring.
If you live in or near Rochester Hills, MI, then our dentists may be able to help. Hubbard & Leath Dental offices a snoring solution that can help you by helping your spouse.
Is Snoring The Only Problem?
Everyone snores sometimes, but most people don’t snore constantly or so loud that it can wake up people sleeping in a room down the hall. That kind of snoring could be a symptom of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder, and it is not something that should be taken lightly.
If your spouse has sleep apnea, you may have noticed something else in between his or her snoring. People with sleep apnea will stop breathing when they are asleep.
This can be a pretty scary experience for you. That’s an understandable reaction when the person you love most in the world isn’t breathing. Your spouse, on the other hand, may not have any idea that this is happening.
To give you an idea how serious this problem can be, someone with mild sleep apnea can stop breathing up to 15 times per hour. A person with severe sleep apnea may stop breathing more than 30 times per hour. Each of these stoppages can last between 10 and 30 seconds.
Your spouse’s snoring is, in a way, a response to those stoppages. Your spouse needs to wake up to breathe. He or she may wake up just long enough to take a breath, although he or she may have no memory of this taking place.
Sleep Apnea And Other Health Issues
People with sleep apnea often suffer from other health problems as well.
Studies have documented that people with sleep apnea are more likely to have high blood pressure. Knowing this, it probably won’t surprise you to know that people with sleep apnea also have more cardiovascular problems. That means they are more likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes as well.
Sleep apnea has been connected with higher rates of diabetes and depression, too.
We noted earlier that sleep apnea is a sleep disorder. This means it interferes with your spouse’s ability to get healthy sleep (and in this case, it may also be interfering with your healthy sleep as well).
Healthy sleep involves four stages. Throughout the night, people will cycle through these different stages unless something interferes with their sleep patterns (like not breathing or the person next to them snoring like a freight train).
The first stage is when you are just starting to fall asleep. You may be fading in and out of consciousness at this time.
The second stage is when your body is unconscious. Your heartbeat may slow down during this stage.
The third stage is considered the first stage of deep sleep. Sleep specialists believe this is a particularly important stage. This is the time with our bodies recover and heal from the previous day’s activities.
The fourth stage is REM, or rapid eye movement. This is the time when we dream, and like the third stage, it is considered part of deep sleep.
People who get little or no deep sleep are not receiving the healthy sleep they need to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. People with untreated sleep apnea rarely get healthy sleep because they wake up so frequently throughout the night.
If you believe your spouse may be suffering from sleep apnea, then Hubbard & Leath Dental wants to help.
The first step is completing a sleep study to confirm your spouse’s condition. Once his or her sleep apnea has been confirmed, he or she may be prescribed a CPAP machine. If this is effective, great. As long as your spouse uses the machine, both of you should start getting the healthy sleep that you need.
Some people have difficulty adjusting to a CPAP, however, and others just give up on using it (which means they are not treating their sleep apnea). For these patients, we may be able to create an oral appliance. This is something that they can wear to change the position of their jaw while they sleep. This makes it easier for the wearer to breathe throughout the night and that can reduce snoring, which is good for their spouses, too.