Chronic snoring is a topic of many jokes, but bed partners and family members are not the only ones who suffer. Aside from heavy snorers getting banished to the couch or another bedroom, snoring can be the symptom of a much more serious problem known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and it’s no laughing matter.
Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans of all ages and genders. Some 80%-90% of people that have it don’t even realize it, often assuming their snoring, sore throat and poor sleep are caused by factors such as food, dry air, stress or age. While those can be contributing factors to sleep disorder, sleep apnea is a medical condition that can, and should, be treated.
Of course, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but the causes are very related. It is highly recommended that anyone who suffers from heavy or chronic snoring should be evaluated to rule out any apnea or airway resistance.