It’s late at night, and you’re finally tucked in and ready for a good night’s rest until the snoring begins. It starts off as a slow rumble, but quickly escalates into a full-blown nasal orchestra—hitting the high and low notes with ease. Sound familiar?
Some 40 percent of Americans suffer from a form of sleep deprivation or disorder and odds are, you or someone you know, is affected. Research suggests that snoring is much more than an inconvenience or a nuisance, it can be a sign of an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea or a variety of other serious conditions.
Sleep apnea is a common breathing disorder that affects millions across the country. Sleep apnea occurs when the “snoozer” stops breathing for a brief moment, which can happen a hundred times or more a night! The brief stop in breathing can increase their risk for heart attack, stroke and heart failure.
…and it doesn’t stop there.
Even the occasional snoring can have long-term or devastating effects on the health of the individual affected. A recent study fond that snorers were more likely to have thickening in the carotid artery that supplies blood to the brain, which is associated with coronary artery disease (CAD).
Don’t let sleep disorders ruin your quality of sleep or worse, your quality of life. Since sleep problems may go undiagnosed and untreated for many years, learn more about how to identify common sleep disorders, treatment options and Dallas-Fort Worth treatment centers.
Still unsure if you’re affected? Take this sleep center quiz to help identify any potential sleep disorders.
Information in this blog post originally appeared in the May 2013 edition of BaylorHealth Magazine.