Do you snore? If so, you’re not alone — snoring is a common problem that affects about 90 million Americans. While not everyone notices, snoring can be disruptive and lead to problems in your most intimate relationships.
Snoring takes a heavy toll on the people closest to you, especially your spouse or sleeping partner. By keeping your partner awake at night, snoring causes resentment and damages intimacy. In fact, many couples end up sleeping in separate beds due to one partner’s snoring.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is the sound made by the vibration of tissue as breath passes through your airway while you sleep. There are a number of factors that contribute to snoring, including weight, sleeping position, alcohol consumptions, genetics, allergies, and nasal congestion.
About half the people who snore also suffer from sleep apnea. Symptoms of sleep apnea include impaired memory, daytime fatigue, and irritability. This is a serious medical condition that shouldn’t go untreated. Sleep apnea increases your vulnerability to strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes.
Unfortunately, most patients with sleep apnea don’t even realize they have it. If Dr. Brown notices signs of sleep apnea, she’ll recommend a sleep study so you can get a proper diagnosis.
Effective Remedies for Snoring
Snoring often bothers the people closest to you. Fortunately, Dr. Brown has effective solutions for snoring, so you and your loved ones can get refreshing sleep every night.
Many of our patients in Clackamas and Woodburn find relief using a snore guard. This is an oral appliance that fits comfortably in your mouth while you sleep. A snore guard works by gently repositioning your jaw to keep the airway open.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea Frequently Asked Questions
I Snore, Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
Snoring isn’t always an indicator of sleep apnea. While it is a symptom that often develops in patients with sleep apnea, snoring can also occur as a result of various conditions such as your sleep position, age, any medication you’re taking, lack of sleep, or even alcohol consumption before bed.
Consulting with Dr. Brown about your snoring can help properly diagnose your condition and help you get the right treatment to alleviate symptoms.
Can I Have Sleep Apnea Without Snoring?
While one of the first symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring, not everyone with the condition does it. When sleep apnea is mild, you may experience:
- Mild daytime sleepiness
- Sleep that isn’t refreshing
- Morning headaches
- Waking up continuously throughout the night
Your Free Consultation With Dr. Brown
Can’t stop snoring? We have a solution for that. Dr. Brown will effectively treat your snoring. And if she discovers signs of sleep apnea, she’ll make sure you get the correct diagnosis and essential treatment to protect your health.
To learn more, give us a call at (503) 427-9587. We’ll be happy to answer your questions. If you want, we can schedule your free consultation with Dr. Brown at our office in Clackamas or the one in Woodburn. We’re conveniently located to patients throughout the Portland area.
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