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How Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Quality of Life

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Have you recently been accused of snoring loudly at night? Do you often wake up with headaches or suffer from them frequently? Do you find yourself feeling exhausted by the afternoon? Did you know that you might be suffering from a sleep disorder called sleep apnea?

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder that occurs when your airway are obstructed. This typically happens when soft tissues in your throat collapse during sleep, making it difficult or impossible to breathe. Sleep apnea causes loud snoring, pauses in breathing throughout the night, and you might awake frequently with a cough or a gasp.

Sleep Apnea's Affect on Your Health

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Does Your Partner Have Sleep Apnea? What to Watch For

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Your partner complains of being tired all day but isn’t sure why. You mention that he or she is snoring quite a bit through the night or you have noticed that his or her breathing seems to stop. Snoring during the night and breathing that seems to stop while sleeping coupled with feeling drowsy all day could be signs of sleep apnea.

Your Maryland Heights sleep apnea specialist Dr. Kevin Burgdorf can help you identify some of the other common symptoms of sleep apnea.

Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  1. Loud snoring

Your partner may not be aware of the snoring, but it is keeping you awake at night. Snoring does not always mean sleep ...

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What Causes Snoring?

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If you or your partner snores, you might wonder about the cause as you lie awake at night. Snoring can cause problems and put a strain on your relationship. If you have to sleep in separate rooms, it can cause resentment and intimacy problems. So, what causes this middle of the night disruption?

Snoring comes from the tissues at the back of your soft palate, tonsils, and throat that vibrate as you breathe in and out. Your muscles relax as you sleep and cause those tissues to loosen. Excessive snoring can actually cause more flabby tissue at the back of your throat and that is why snoring often worsens over time.

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How Much Do You Know about Sleep Apnea?

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Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, affects over eighteen million Americans. Sleep apnea is a condition that restricts your airflow during sleep and creates a number of health complications.

Did you know… 

That men are more than twice as likely as women to have sleep apnea? In fact, men over forty years old that have a thick neck circumference are at the highest risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Other factors like genetics, alcohol use, and being overweight all contribute to the likelihood that you will have sleep apnea. 

Did you know…

That sleep apnea causes other, more serious health conditions due to the ...

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