Everyone hates snoring. The person snoring in their sleep hates it because they never truly get the rest they need, and the person trying to live with someone who snores especially hates it because they get no sleep! In some cases, the snoring may be so loud that moving to another room doesn't even help.
Snoring can cause such a rift in relationships that couples have reported it led to their divorce. Sleeping in separate rooms and feelings of resentment, along with moodiness and irritability from lack of sleep, can build up in a relationship and lead to trouble.
For most couples for whom snoring is a problem, the desperation for a good night's sleep, preferably together, leads them to try every solution and product and wives' tale circling the web. Unfortunately, many of these solutions simply don't work or they only work for a night or two.
What many people don't realize is that snoring could be a sign of a bigger problem: obstructive sleep apnea. For those who do have sleep apnea, a custom-made oral appliance can help eliminate snoring and streamline a better and healthier night's sleep.
It's true that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but over 18 million American adults are suffering from the sleep disorder. Here are some common signs to look out for that, when combined with snoring, could signal the potential for obstructive sleep apnea:
- Snorting or gasping during sleep
- Waking up exhausted or feeling extremely sleepy throughout the day after getting the recommended number of hours of sleep
- Waking up with a headache on a fairly consistent basis
- High blood pressure
- Feeling irritable, depressed or moody
If you or a loved one are experiencing a combination of these symptoms, it's important to have a sleep study done as soon as possible to determine if sleep apnea may be the cause. If it is, a custom-made oral appliance can be used in conjunction with a CPAP machine or by itself as an alternative for those who simply hate using the CPAP.
For more information, call us today at 425-366-8246.