How is Your Sleep?

How is your sleep

Believe it or not, there are a lot of people that are sleep deprived for one reason or another.  One of the biggest reasons is that they snore.  There are times when their bed partner nudges them to get them to roll over, or in some cases they temporarily quit breathing, waking themselves up to breathe again.  The interrupted sleep means less sleep in a night.  The average person needs at least seven hours per night, but people that consistently snore get less sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a major cause of chronic snoring.  When the muscles in the throat and face relax during sleep, the pressure on the trachea (wind pipe) causes it to constrict or collapse.  When the sleeper tries to draw in deeper breaths of air, the tissues of the throat vibrate, causing the snoring noise.  At times, the sleeper will quit breathing for short periods of time (apnea).  Studies show that this condition can lead to other health issues.

OSA has been linked to other problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and weight gain.  In addition, people that are obese are more prone to the problem.  Leaving the condition untreated gives someone a higher risk of these health complications.  If you or your mate is a chronic snorer, it is advisable to visit your medical practitioner in order to determine the cause of your snoring.  There are treatments available for snorers of a light variety as well as the chronic snorer.

If you feel tired every day, get easily fatigued, have irritability each day, or have to stay in bed more than eight hours every day in order to get your sleep, it’s time to visit your doctor.  Although a lot of people discount snoring as being nothing unusual, it can be a sign of bigger problems.  Share your experiences with the rest of us if you have or know someone that has a snoring problem.