Snoring and Sleep Apnea: Is It Normal?

Deciding when Regular Snoring becomes "Problem" Snoring?

Snoring becomes problematic whenever the snorer, a bed mate, roommate, or others in the household, well, have a problem with it. With the “problem” level really being objective, there is  really no other criteria for this other than the levels of tolerance within the household. 

Should Loud Snoring Simply be Tolerated? 

Typical or problem snorers, often times, the person who snores loudly does not realize or believe they do it. It should be understood that snorers are not at fault for their snoring. Unnecessary tension or irritation caused by snoring is something that can and should be eliminated. 

Sleep Apnea

How to Recognize the Difference Between Problem Snoring and Sleep Apnea 

If you notice that your spouse literally stops breathing, this is a sure sign of Sleep Apnea! 

What is "Sleep Apnea"?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) is a condition where snoring becomes so severe and erratic that is upsets the normal neuro respiratory process and stops breathing. This is the body's natural defence against suffocation is waking (or partially waking) up. Renewed air intake is signaled by a sudden loud snore. This may occur anywhere between a few to over 100 times per night.

Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous?

Sleep Apnea can be very dangerous. Sleep Apnea has been linked to heart failure resulting in sudden nocturnal death. In mild cases, sufferers of Sleep Apnea may actually get adequate sleep but experience constant tiredness due to night time periods of decreased blood oxygenation.

Typically, Sleep Apnea is associated with other disorders, including:

  • Insomnia
  • Abnormal motor activity during sleep
  • Systemic and pulmonary hypertension
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Sexual impotence
  • Morning headaches
  • Polycythemia
  • Chronic daytime fatigue

If you feel that you or a loved one may suffer from Sleep Apnea. Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation. What have you got to lose.