Do you Snore?
Are you told that you snore loudly? Is your snoring followed by silent pauses? Does your snoring ever wake you up? Do you have other symptoms like daytime sleepiness, morning headaches or memory loss? If you're like 5-10% of Canadians, there is a chance you could suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
So, what is snoring?
While you sleep, the muscles of your throat relax, your tongue falls backward, and your throat becomes narrow and floppy. As you breathe, the walls of the throat begin to vibrate. These vibrations cause the sound of snoring. The narrower your airway becomes, the greater the vibration and the louder your snoring. Sometimes the walls of the throat collapse completely so that it is completely obstructed, causing apnea (cessation of breathing).
Apnea Health is dedicated to helping snorers and their bed partners improve their sleep. Snoring and sleep apnea are treatable conditions. If you think that you may suffer from sleep apnea, please discuss it with your family doctor. He or she may refer you for a Home Sleep Test.