NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — So what is the big deal with snoring when you sleep besides bothering your sleep partner?
Your doctor asks you about snoring because it usually means that you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea which basically means you have pauses in your breathing lasting anywhere between few seconds to in some cases to a minute. Your brain senses this and then you start breathing again with a classic snort or snore sound. This is because your airway collapses when you fall asleep, the snoring is the sound the air makes when it squeezes through the tiny airway. Now this might not seem like a big deal but imagine doing this up to 30 times each hour with these pauses and gasps of air. Besides snoring it can lead to a less deep sleep and some pretty serious cardiovascular risks as well.
Cpap remains what we call the gold standard and here is a mask. It may seem like it is uncomfortable but like anything you just get used, in the beginning your doctor may prescribe a sleep aid while you get accustomed to the machine.
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