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How to Tell If Your Snoring Means It’s Time to Get Tested for OSA
Snoring during your sleep on a regular basis certainly isn’t unusual. It’s estimated that 90 million Americans snore on a regular basis, which is the equivalent of roughly 29% of the American population.
But just because snoring is a common habit doesn’t mean it should be ignored.
Recent estimates from the National Sleep Foundation suggest that of these 90 million people, approximately half may actually have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition can lead to a myriad of both short and long-term health issues across the board.
So how do you know if you’re just a regular snorer?
And how do you know if you need to see a doctor to ensure that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) isn’t the underlying cause?
It starts with looking for these signs that OSA may be at the root of your regular snoring habit.
The Type and Volume of Your Snoring
People with obstructive sleep apnea tend to have much louder and infrequent snoring than folks who simply snore on a regular basis.
In essence, if OSA is to blame for your snoring, your loved one or partner may notice a loud snore that changes in frequency throughout the night. They also will notice pauses or gasps of breath.
In addition, you may find that you toss and turn throughout the night, as your brain momentarily “wakes up” to get your breathing back on track.
Your Physical Make-up
There are a number of physical characteristics to keep an eye on which may also increase your risk for obstructive sleep apnea.
Your weight plays a big role in developing OSA, as a higher BMI and OSA are inherently linked. Essentially, with more weight comes more pressure on your airways and throat muscles, making it harder to breathe.
So if you are overweight, or have noticed that you have been gaining weight in recent weeks and months, it may be a sign that sleep apnea is to blame.
Although obstructive sleep apnea can affect folks of all ages (and even children), it tends to be more prevalent in middle age and older adults.
If your snoring is relatively new, or has gotten worse as you have gotten older, it’s time to see if obstructive sleep apnea is behind the nightly noise.
Fatigue, Headaches, and Other Symptoms
Snoring isn’t the only sign of obstructive sleep apnea. And if you suffer from OSA, you’ll likely notice some side effects in the daytime, too.
Watch for common symptoms like:
- Morning headaches;
- General all day fatigue;
- An increase in naps;
- A decrease in concentration and focus.
These are all signals that sleep apnea may be affecting your nightly rest.
When in Doubt, Get Tested!
Obstructive sleep apnea doesn’t go away on its own. And the symptoms and long-term health risks worsen with time. Here are more reasons to test for sleep apnea: https://renewsleep.com/why-get-help/
But by getting tested, diagnosed, and seeking treatment, you can nip the problem in the bud while creating a quieter environment at home for you and your loved ones.
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