Having problems with snoring? Wondering what the causes may be and what to do about it?
We asked the National Institutes of Health to Help us answer some basic questions.
We know: About Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Why do I snore?
Snoring is often a symptom or sign of sleep apnea. Sleep experts advise chronic snorers or people who think they may have sleep apnea to see their physician or a sleep specialist.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea affects as many as 12 million Americans of all ages. Itís a common disorder in which breathing stops during sleep for 10 seconds or more, sometimes more than 300 times a night. It causes excessive daytime sleepiness and affects peopleís quality of life.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
They include restless sleep, loud, heavy snoring (often interrupted by silence and then gasps), falling asleep while driving and/or during the day, morning headaches, loss of energy, trouble concentrating, irritability, forgetfulness, mood or behavior changes, anxiety or depression, obesity, and decreased interest in sex.
Not all people with sleep apnea experience all of these symptoms and not everyone who has these symptoms has sleep apnea.
What kinds of sleep apnea are there?
There are basically two kinds:
Central sleep apnea appears to be related to a malfunction of the brainís normal signal to breathe.
What are the treatments for sleep apnea?