How Troublesome Can Snoring Be?

Categories: Sleep Apnea

Besides disturbing your partner’s sleep, you might not think of your snoring habit as a particularly concerning problem. Yet, if it occurs every night or almost every night, then there may be more to your habit than you realize. Today, we examine a few facts about the causes and consequences of snoring, and why you may want to seek treatment for it even if you haven’t been diagnosed with sleep apnea.

A Few Facts About Snoring

  • The cause of snoring is the reason why it can be troublesome to your health. The noise of snoring is caused by an increase in the air pressure of your breath, which is the result of your airway growing constricted from oral tissues collapsing into it. The increased pressure causes your oral tissues and the walls of your throat vibrate loudly.
  • A constricted airway means more than just loud snoring; it also means that your body has to work harder yet receives less oxygen for its effort. If you don’t address chronic snoring, then your risks of developing cardiovascular health issues will continue to rise over time.
  • While not everyone who snores suffers from sleep apnea, you may be at risk if you’ve never been diagnosed with sleep disorder. Chronic snoring may mean that you have sleep apnea. If you’ve never been evaluated, then we recommend visiting your dentist and asking about sleep apnea. You may be able to take a sleep apnea assessment at home to determine you should wear a custom-designed sleep appliance in order to sleep more peacefully.

Ask Us if You Should Worry About Snoring

Even if you don’t have obstructive sleep apnea, your snoring habit may still pose a threat to your health and overall quality of life. To learn more, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.