Snoring and Sleep Apnea

What Is Snoring?

What is snoring?

Don’t let snoring drive your spouse crazy and into another room.

When you are asleep, the muscles that control your tongue and soft palate work together to hold the airway open.  If those muscles relax and fall back into the airway, they will partially obstruct or hinder air from passing by.  When the air passes over the relaxed tissue when you breathe, it makes a fluttering sound that we have come to know as “Snoring.” We have often laughed at people who snore loudly and make strange noises but the fact is that their snoring could be a sign of a much more serious condition called “Obstructive Sleep Apnea” or OSA.

Snoring is a very common problem in nearly half of all men and about one third of all women.  It can put a strain on your relationship with your spouse forcing them to lose sleep at night or even forcing the snorer to sleep in another room.

Not everyone who has sleep apnea snores and not every person who snores has sleep apnea.  The biggest sign that you might have sleep apnea is how you feel during the day.  You may feel fatigued…extremely tired…or have a hard time concentrating.

If you snore loudly and feel you might have sleep apnea, the first thing you must do is get a sleep study done and get a diagnosis from a certified sleep doctor.
If you need help in taking the next step to getting a restful and restorative nights sleep, call our office today to schedule and appointment with Dr. Parmar at 443-535-6989…you will be glad you did.