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What is Snoring?

Doctors used to think that snoring was a separate condition, and not medically important. Recent research has shown that snoring is part of a of a chain that extends between healthy breathing and severe obstructive sleep apnea.

When you are snoring, it is always a sign that the air being drawn into your lungs is being partially obstructed. This obstruction can be extremely mild, in which case your body receives plenty of air. The obstruction can be very severe, in which case your body gets no air, no matter how much effort your body puts into breathing. Or the obstruction can be somewhere between these two extremes.

Apnea is when your body stops breathing for at least 10 seconds at a time. If you've stop breathing for less than 10 seconds at a time, this is known as hypopnia. Both apnea and hypopnia cause a decrease in the amount of oxygen sent to your brain through your blood.

So snoring is a sign that you may be getting reduced oxygen levels. Louder snoring is a sign of a higher risk of reduced oxygen levels. Loud snoring is almost always a sign of OSA.

What else does snoring cause?

People who snore can be causing medical and psychological problems in those who are exposed to the snoring. Of course, if you are the snorer, you don't realize the harm you are causing to others.

Snoring may awaken your bed partner many times during the night. Multiple awakenings can cause a number of medical problems. Some of these may seem to you could not be related to not getting enough sleep. But more and more medical research is showing the relationship between inadequate sleep and weight gain, increased blood sugar levels, cardiovascular disease, memory loss, and daytime sleepiness. Daytime sleepiness courses, among other things, motor vehicle accidents.

And loud snoring also causes the need for separate bedrooms. Separate bedrooms can be the cause of emotional conflict.

We can help you prevent all of the medical and emotional problems associated with loud snoring.

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