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Snoring Giving You Sleepless Nights? There is hope

Having a good deep sleep makes you relax, but you will always be afraid to share a room or even take a nap around people if you snore. You might think that it is a condition you will live with for the rest of your life, but I have good news for you. Dr. Alexis Furze has come up with a solution to help bring your sleeping problem to an end.

When you visit your doctor, they will take you through the snoring processes. When you go to sleep, you will progress from light sleep to deep sleep. Your soft palate, tongue, and throat will relax. Your throat tissues can relax so much that they partially block your airway, causing it to vibrate.

As your airway becomes more narrow, the airflow becomes more forceful, increasing tissue vibration, causing you to snore louder.

Your doctor will explain to you the factors that contribute to snoring:  Being overweight, having a narrow airway, drinking alcohol, having nasal problems, having a family history of obstructive sleep apnea, and sleeping position.

If you are snoring is associated with obstructive sleep apnea, your doctor will let you know that you are at risk for complications like:

  •         Difficulty concentrating
  •         The great risk of getting high blood pressure, stroke, and heart conditions
  •         Aggression
  •         Frequent frustration
  •         Daytime sleepiness

Diagnosis

For effective diagnosis, your doctor will review your medical history and your signs and symptoms. He will also perform a physical examination. Apart from that, your doctor may request additional tests such as:

Imaging: For him to check your airway structure for problems like a deviated septum, he will request you to have either, X-ray, a computerized tomography scan, or magnetic resonance imaging.

Sleep study: Depending on your medical condition and sleep symptoms, your doctor may require you to be admitted overnight for a thorough evaluation of your breathing when you are sleeping. You will be connected to many sensors and observed overnight. Through this, your doctor will record your:

  •         Sleep stages
  •         Heart rate
  •         Brain waves
  •         Eye and leg movements
  •         Breathing rate
  •         Blood oxygen level
  •         Leg and eye movements

Treatment

Your doctor will start your treatment by recommending lifestyle changes like:

  •         Avoiding sleep deprivation
  •         Losing weight
  •         Avoiding sleeping on your back
  •         Treating nasal congestion
  •         Avoiding alcohol close to bedtime

If your snoring is accompanied by obstructive sleep apnea, your doctor may suggest the following:

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): You will be wearing a mask over your nose or mouth while you sleep. Your mask will direct pressurized air from a small bedside pump to your airway to keep it open during sleep and eliminate snoring.

Oral appliances: These are form-fitting dental mouthpieces that help advance the position of your soft palate, jaw, and tongue to help keep your air passage open.

If the above does not help, your doctor will advise you for the last option, upper airway surgery.

With Alexis Furze Md, snoring should no longer be your nightmare. Give them a call to the office or book an appointment online.