Can Snoring Be a Sign of a Bigger Problem?
So, how did you sleep last night? Better yet, how did your spouse sleep last night? Not well? Then you may be one of over 12 millions people who have sleep apnea. The signs of sleep apnea are generally recognized by others who witness the stoppages of breath or are affected by the loud snoring that is commonly associated with sleep apnea.
Common effects of sleep apnea that you may not be aware of that are associated with sleep disorder are excessive daytime sleepiness, impaired alertness, slower reaction times, moodiness, and vision problems. This may increase the risk of driving accidents and work related accidents. Some common risk factors are being overnight, large neck size, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, and smoking.
Sleep Apnea can also have an adverse effect on your health.
Untreated sleep apnea can make it harder to control your diabetes, blood pressure, and other metabolic functions of your body. Conversely, people with high blood pressure, heart failure, or history of a stroke have a higher prevalence of sleep apnea.
If you fall into any of these categories that I’ve mentioned here today, please talk with your dentist here at Hendersonville Family Dentistry.