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Health and Medical August 13, 2014

Health and Medical August 13, 2014

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A Special Supplement to
The Paulding County Progress
August 13, 2014
2014 Health & Medical
 2 - Paulding County Progress Health & Medical Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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 Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Paulding County Progress Health & Medical - 3
Is snoring detrimental?
 Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to personal health. Although sleep needs vary depending on the individual, inadequate sleep leaves a person feeling drowsy and cranky and may affect work  performance. Lack of sleep can tax the body in other ways as well, escalating feelings of stress and making a person more susceptible to depression or anxiety. Lack of sleep also may increase one’s risk for hypertension, stroke and heart attack. Snoring is a condition that greatly affects quality of sleep – not only for the  person sleeping next to a snorer but also to the snorer himself. The Health News Organization says partners of people who snore lose approximately one hour of sleep  per evening and may wake up as many as 21 times per hour, a condition referred to as “spousal arousal syndrome.” In the meantime, the person snoring is compromising his or her own sleep quality and may be at a greater risk for certain medical conditions.
 Snoring and a condition called sleep apnea are mostly related. According to experts at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, snoring is the milder form of sleep disordered  breathing, or SDB. Snoring is essentially a partial restriction of the airway. When a  person is snoring, some air gets through the trachea, causing tissues in the throat to vibrate. In cases of complete sleep apnea, no air gets through. Snoring can be mixed with periods of apnea, resulting in a series of snorts, whistles and stopped breathing that can make it difficult to get a restful night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea
 When a person is suffering from sleep apnea and periods of snoring, he or she is struggling to get more air into his or her lungs. Air supplies may be so severely limited that oxygen levels drop. The body kicks into action and awakens the sleeper so he or she can get oxygen. This cycle may repeat itself hundreds of times throughout the night. The sleeper may only awaken slightly and not remember these awakenings in the morning,  but he or she will likely feel drowsy, which is a direct byproduct of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea and snoring also may cause damage to the heart. Over time, a lack of oxygen can put undue stress on the heart, leading to a greater risk of high blood  pressure, stroke and heart attack. In addition, impotence, memory loss and migraines may result from oxygen deprivation.
Snoring treatments
 Treating snoring often involves the assistance of a sleep specialist. Changing sleeping position or relying on breathing aides that help open the airways while sleeping also may help. Quitting smoking and losing weight can help reduce instances of snoring as well. Even if snoring has not progressed to complete apnea, a sleep expert may recommend a device called a CPAP machine, or a “continuous positive air pressure” pump. This device blows a steady stream of air through the sleeper’s mouth and nose to help keep the tissues of the throat from collapsing, resulting in snoring or obstruction. Snoring is a nuisance for all involved, especially the family members or spouses that are subjected to long nights next to snoring partners. Yet snoring can be much more than just a nuisance and may even  be indicative of a blockage of the airways common among those people with sleep apnea.

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