Snoring? Don’t Lose Sleep.
While many people snore, it may be a symptom of a common disorder, sleep apnea. Daytime drowsiness along with snoring can be indications of the disorder. Symptoms of sleep apnea can include shallow breathing or pauses in breathing while sleeping. These pauses can range in duration from a few seconds to several minutes and can potentially occur multiple times, up to 30, in a single hour. This can result in the brain, as well as the rest of the body, not getting enough oxygen.
Along with interfering in a restful sleep, sleep apnea can cause additional problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack and stroke. The lack of oxygen triggers the body’s stress hormones which then causes the blood pressure to rise. This can increase the likelihood of a blood clot forming. Treatment options can range from lifestyle changes, including weight loss, and the use of breathing assistance devices. Don’t lose sleep over this potentially dangerous disorder. Have these risk factors evaluated by one of our trained physicians.
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