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Loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness can be signs of sleep apnea
Does your snoring keep other people in your house awake at night? If people can hear you snoring from the next room, you may have sleep apnea. That means it’s time to consult with a sleep specialist.
Sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway behind the tongue repeatedly collapses during sleep. Some amount of airway collapse during sleep is normal, explains Michael Howell, MD, sleep specialist with Fairview Sleep Centers. Sleep apnea is said to be mild if the airway collapses 5 to 15 times an hour and severe if it occurs more than 30 times during an hour.

One in five adults has some form of sleep apnea. Signs of the condition might include:
  • Loud snoring
  • Periods of “apnea” (not breathing)
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Neck circumference of more than 17 inches

Apnea is often the cause of loud snoring and can affect everyone in the home. While snoring is often the topic of many jokes, sleep apnea should be taken seriously.

Howell says, “Doctors take sleep apnea seriously as it can have some long-term, increased risk for major health issues such as high blood pressure, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.”

Another danger of untreated sleep apnea is that it can interrupt sleep so much that it causes excessive daytime sleepiness. This becomes a public safety concern when you get behind the wheel of a car or control other transportation devices.

Sleep apnea is easily identified with an overnight study, where your sleep is monitored in a sleep laboratory, and then treated with a variety of options available.

Take our sleep apnea risk assessment  to check out your risk.
Contact a Fairview sleep specialist if excessive daytime sleepiness or nighttime snoring affect your ability to work, think clearly or enjoy life.

Fairview Sleep Centers are conveniently located in Princeton, Edina, Chisago City, Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis.
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