Are you getting the rest you need to excel at work or enjoy the time you spend with your loved ones? If you routinely struggle with daytime drowsiness or have difficulty concentrating, you may not be.
Many patients struggle with a seriously under-diagnosed health condition known as sleep apnea. Patients with sleep apnea are unable to sleep peacefully through the night because they stop breathing, often for at least 10 seconds, if not more. When their body senses the drop in oxygen, they finally wake up to take a breath.
This cycle can repeat all night long and is accompanied, most of the time, by snoring. Not every sleep apnea patient realizes that he or she struggles with sleep apnea, though. Many patients only move to a lighter stage of sleep instead of waking up completely.
What Causes Snoring and Sleep Apnea
In many cases, snoring and sleep apnea have the same cause: obstruction from the tongue and/or lower jaw. As air struggles to get to the lungs, it creates the vibrations that are associated with the familiar sound of snoring. When air can’t get through at all, the patient stops breathing.