Has your partner told you that your snoring makes it difficult to sleep soundly?
Do you get a nudge in the night to roll over so you'll stop snoring? Does your guest room get more use by the family member who snores, or a partner that needs quiet to rest? At SleepRight McKinney, solutions are available to put an end to snoring, supporting healthy relationships without sacrificing comfort.
The Reason We Snore
Snoring is caused by the vibration of air passing by loose tissue in the throat. As we get older, the tissue of our body loses its elasticity and hang lower in the airway. The uvula, which dangles in the back of the throat, and surrounding tissues can elongate and even become puffy and inflamed. As air is exchanged in and out of the mouth, these loose tissues flutter and cause the distinct sound of snoring.
Snoring and Your Health
Snoring is common and not necessarily a sign of health complications. However, snoring is a potential indicator of sleep apnea, a disorder that affects millions of Americans. Sleep apnea can have serious health implications and interfere with getting the quality sleep you need to lead a happy and productive life. While effective treatments are available to alleviate sleep apnea symptoms, it's crucial that you have your snoring and sleep habits evaluated with a sleep study to confirm the diagnosis.
Even if your snoring is not a symptom of a sleeping disorder, the behavior can still be a problem for you and your loved ones. Snoring can be a a disturbance for anyone sharing a bed with you, making it difficult to fall asleep or waking them up at night. Over time, snoring can lead to arguments, resentment, and loss of intimacy. Luckily, reliable solutions are available to stop you from snoring and allow you to sleep comfortably and silently.
Put Snoring Problems to Bed
At SleepRight McKinney, we have several non-surgical, non-invasive options to help you stop snoring for good. Whether or not your snoring is related to sleep apnea, we can help you find the relief you need. Give us a call at 1-972-542-9129 to schedule a consultation and promote a better night's rest for your whole household.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is snoring normal?
Snoring is a normal occurrence that affects nearly 40 percent of women and 50 percent of men in the United States alone. While snoring doesn’t always indicate a breathing problem, it can become an issue if it develops into loud or habitual snoring. Often, loud snoring can disrupt your and your partner’s sleep patterns. Monitoring and understanding your snoring habits is crucial to determining if it’s a sign of an underlying issue.
Is snoring a sure sign of sleep apnea?
While snoring is a common sign of sleep apnea, you don’t necessarily have sleep apnea if you habitually snore. Snoring can be caused by several factors, such as a patient’s weight, smoking habits, and even genetics.
It's best to consult a sleep specialist if you suspect your snoring may indicate a health problem. Dr. Lawrence can help determine if your snoring is a sign of a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. Call our McKinney office today at (972) 542-9129 to schedule an appointment.
Can I have sleep apnea without snoring?
Just as snoring isn’t a sure sign of sleep apnea, the absence of snoring isn’t a sure sign a patient doesn’t have sleep apnea. To determine if you have sleep apnea despite not snoring, take note of how you feel during the day. Patients with sleep apnea will experience daytime:
- Memory problems
If you experience any of the above symptoms, you may be struggling with sleep apnea. Consult Dr. Lawrence by scheduling an appointment at our McKinney office today.
Can snoring caused by sleep apnea be cured?
Symptoms of sleep apnea can have a negative impact on your sleep and overall health. To alleviate snoring and other symptoms, Dr. Lawrence may recommend laser snore therapy or oral appliance therapy. Both treatments are safe and convenient ways to eliminate snoring and help you get the good night’s rest you need.