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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Do you or your bedroom partner have a snoring problem when sleeping?  Yes, it can be annoying but hopefully, that snoring is not the sign of an underlying medical problem, as in sleep apnea.  I'm sure you've heard of it.  It's a sleep disorder that that causes people to momentarily stop breathing while they're sleeping.  Experts speculate that the number of people with this condition are on the rise.  Up to 25 million Americans, (most of them men), have the problem.  And the greatest risk is with those men and women who're overweight.   Treating sleep apnea requires a visit to a sleep specialist to be diagnosed.  And the consequences of untreated sleep apnea can be quite serious.  Besides the snoring, here are some of the other problems associated with the condition.
Lack of sleep or sleep interrupted by breathing issues can lead to mood swings.
Morning headaches.  When you're not getting enough oxygen as you sleep, carbon dioxide can build up in the brain, dilating blood vessels and leading to headaches when you wake up.   Mood swings.  A consistent lack of sleep or sleep interrupted by breathing issues can present itself in the form of irritability, depression or even changes in personality.  
Other effects include heart problems, this one is especially scary.  High blood pressure can also be one of the signs of untreated sleep apnea.  That's because fluctuating oxygen levels as you try to sleep are putting a lot of stress on the body, elevating your blood pressure.   For seniors suffering with sleep apnea, they may experience memory or learning problems, possible because of the effects of the lack of oxygen getting to their brains.
Are you or your sleep mate a snorer?
Are you or your sleep mate a snorer?  Do you notice your partner having difficulty breathing while they're trying to sleep?  Or has your partner noticed the same thing about you?  Then it may very well be time to consider talking to your doctor.  He or she may recommend you see a sleep specialist to find out if your nighttime snoring and breathing issues may be warning signs of sleep apnea.  Don't panic, just make sure you're okay and get treated, if need be.
There are solutions to ths condition and they include breathing devices for bedtime and perhaps even surgery.  But if your sleep apnea is more weight-related, the solution could be as simple as making some important lifestyle changes including, of course, losing the extra weight.
Don't ignore that snoring!
So don't ignore that snoring problem.  Especially if it's making a good night's sleep not so easy for you these days...I mean nights!