The biggest problem with snoring is that many people who do it consistently don’t consider it a problem. Because of this, they fail to seek treatment for it, allowing it to continuously impact the quality of their breathing while they sleep. For some people, snoring can also be a problem because it indicates a more severe condition, such as sleep apnea, which can impact your sleep and breathing patterns more significantly by causing you stop breathing completely while you sleep. This means you may not only snore constantly, but also experience signs of sleep deprivation, including increased instances of excessive tiredness and fatigue every day.
The origins of sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a disorder that involves the repeated cessation of your breathing each night, and is typically caused by mouth and/or throat tissues collapsing into your airway while you sleep. This creates an obstruction in your airway that’s partial at first, but continues until your airway is completely blocked and you’re forced to stop breathing. After a moment or two, your body will wake itself up enough to clear the obstruction so it can receive oxygen again. However, the pattern will quickly repeat itself, and continue to do so throughout the entire night.
How the disorder impacts your life
When you snore every night, one of the most immediate impacts may be the constant disturbance to your partner’s sleep. However, there are serious potential health consequences to untreated sleep apnea and the disruptions that occur to your sleeping and breathing patterns each night. For example, as the obstruction in your airway grows, your snoring becomes louder because your breathing becomes more labored. This can put excessive stress on your cardiovascular system and lead to higher health risks in the future. Because the cessation of your breathing forces your brain and body out of their sleeping patterns, it can also deprive you of much-needed deep sleep every night, causing you to grow increasingly more fatigued each day.
Dealing with your sleep apnea
For many patients who snore constantly or have sleep apnea, dealing with the condition can often be simpler than expected. For instance, you may benefit from a custom-designed sleep appliance that can successfully support your lower jaw in a way that prevents your airway from becoming obstructed every night. This can prevent the cycle of airway obstruction that causes sleep apnea and the resulting symptoms, allowing you to sleep peacefully every night.
Benefit from custom sleep apnea treatment
Sleep apnea doesn’t just cause you to snore every night, but also to lose out on valuable, deep sleep, leading to daytime tiredness and other signs of sleep deprivation. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling the Dental Centre of Conroe in Conroe, TX, today at (936) 441-4600. We serve patients from Conroe and all neighboring communities.