Put a Stop to Snoring - Visit Your Doctor Today!

By: Sandy Snore

Hypertension, heart disease, stroke, divorce, and failed relationships - these are some of the reasons why many people want to get rid of snoring. Needless to say, snoring is not only life threatening, it is also socially damaging. Therefore, snoring should be solved fast!
But when should you really consult your doctor? When your spouse or bedmate often tells you that you snore loudly and heavily at night, and that you stop breathing, gasp or choke while asleep, or when you feel sleepy during the day, fall asleep at the wrong time and if nothing works from the home remedies you've tried -- it's time to see your doctor. The fact that you or your partner notices these symptoms might mean that it's not something to be ignored anymore. It can already be a symptom of sleep apnea!
Do you snore heavily and loudly at least three nights per week? Do you wake up gasping for breath after periods of heavy snoring? Do you suffer form excessive daytime sleepiness, or fall asleep during inappropriate times? Have you tried using proven home remedies for snoring such as sleeping on your side or with your upper body elevated, losing weight and adopting a healthy lifestyle only to fail miserably?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, there is a great possibility that your snoring problem is much more serious than you can possibly imagine. For all you know, you might already be suffering from what is known as sleep apnea.
You'll know you have sleep apnea if you experience heavy, loud snoring followed by episodes of total breathing cessation for more than ten seconds. Such episodes (sleep apnea patients may experience as much as 30 such episodes per hour!) may cause your heart to work harder and seriously affect the flow of blood and oxygen to various parts of your body (especially to your brain).
As such, sleep apnea may cause some very serious complications such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. It can likewise trigger memory loss and increases the possibility of obtaining brain injury.
There are three types of sleep apnea namely obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea and the mixed or complex sleep apnea. Of these three, OSA is the most common and is observed more in the elderly and in males.
Complex Sleep Apnea. This condition shows the symptoms of the two previous sleep apneas. Who can help with this problem? If you think that your case is more serious than the average snoring problem, it's time to consult a professional specializing in treating sleep disorders. OSA can be detected by answering self-administered questionnaires like the Epworth Sleepiness Scale or through polysomnography, a sleep study. For those with OSA, there's nothing to be worried about for it can be treated but remember that snoring is still harmful for your health. Do what you can to stop snoring. Now is the perfect time to do that!

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The author writes articles about the health hazard of sleeping illness and guides people to stop snoring using snoring aids and other devices.

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