Could what’s causing your snoring actually be harmful to your health?
Snoring seems pretty innocuous. So many people--you, your partner, a friend, or a family member--are notorious for doing it. But what causes this common problem anyway? From the office of your Madison, WI sleep apnea dentist, Dr. Angela Bauer Williams, find out the usual causes of snoring and when to seek medical attention.
What are some common causes of snoring?
When your partner is sound asleep and snoring like a freight train, this is caused by a narrowing of the upper airways that occurs while they are asleep. Snoring can be caused by:
- Large tonsils
- Long uvula or soft palate
- Excessive tissue in the throat
- Nasal congestion from colds or allergies
- Being overweight
- The tongue becoming too relaxed while sleeping
- Cartilage deformities in the nose
- Taking certain medications or consuming alcohol or tobacco six hours before bed
- Sleep apnea
What is Sleep Apnea?
This is a common, but serious, sleep problem that causes a person to stop breathing throughout the night. These breathing disturbances can occur up to hundreds of times throughout the night. As a result, the brain and the body do not get enough oxygen.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Headaches or sore throats in the morning
- Daytime exhaustion
- Restless sleep
- Mood swings, irritability, or poor concentration
If you are a snorer who is also experiencing these others symptoms, it’s time to see a Madison medical professional for a proper diagnosis. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause poor work or school performance, increase your chance of a car or work-related accident, and also increase your chances of developing serious health issues, such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
Poor sleep affects not only your physical but also your mental well-being, and it’s time you found the treatment you need to catch those ZZZs.
If you are noticing any of these sleep apnea symptoms in your day-to-day life, then it’s important that you get yourself checked. You can get a better night’s sleep when you visit our dental office in Madison, WI. Call Dental Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea.