Anyone who shares a bed or a room with a snorer knows how disruptive it is. You shake the bed, nudge them, and as a last resort, you might even throw your pillow at them. They keep you awake, and they may be causing themselves harm. Is snoring a sign of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is also known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA. This common condition presents a problem while sleeping since patients cannot breathe in enough oxygen. In practical terms, it is a sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops during sleep. Most people associate snoring with OSA, but that is not really the problem; it is just a symptom. OSA needs to be treated, so how does an ENT specialist treat sleep apnea?
Half the population snores at some point in their life, and 40 – 45% of adult men and 24 – 30% of women snore regularly. It may be annoying to your sleep partner, and you may wake up with a dry mouth, but is it dangerous to snore? Actually, it can be.
Let’s learn how snoring and sleep apnea impact your health.