Snoring is not just an annoyance for those around you, it might also be an indicator that something larger is at play with your breathing. To get to the bottom of your snoring, for the sake of your physical health and for those around you, a sleep study goes a long way toward finding a solution. At ApneCare Sleep Lab in Mesa, Arizona, and Bakersfield, California, you can, and should, snore all you want as the technicians monitor your sleep to find out what’s at the root of it. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.
You’ve heard snoring before, but have you ever wondered what exactly is making that noise? It’s quite simple: snoring is caused by a vibration in your airways as air flows in and out. The reason you snore is because the muscles in your throat relax when you sleep and they cease to hold the tissues in the back of your mouth in place as they do while you’re awake.
There are many reasons why you may snore — some may be temporary, while others are more chronic. For example, seasonal allergies cause inflammation and extra mucus in your airways, which can lead to snoring only during certain times. In other cases, an anatomical defect, such as a low, thick palate, may be behind your snoring.
There are a number of factors that put you more at risk of snoring, including:
One of the most common reasons for snoring is a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). With OSA, the tissue in your throat collapses while you sleep, which causes you to snore, as well as stop breathing until your body wakes you.
Often, the best way to figure out what’s behind your snoring is to undergo an overnight sleep study. Under the watchful eye of a sleep technician at ApneCare Sleep Lab, as well as constant monitoring by specialized equipment, vital information is gathered while you sleep, which allows you and your doctor to treat the underlying problem.
When it comes to disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, diagnosis and treatment are especially important as OSA can lead to dangerous complications, such as:
While snoring in and of itself may seem no more than an annoyance, it can signal something larger, which is why getting tested at ApneCare Sleep Lab is a good idea. To learn more, call or use the online booking tool to schedule a visit.