Sleep Apnea—More Than Just Snoring And Fewer Zzz’s

Your loud snoring may lead to more than disrupting your partner while they’re trying to sleep. Loud, persistent snoring can indicate the presence of sleep apnea, which is associated with more than just poor sleep. The two types of sleep apnea—obstructive apnea and central apnea—are both associated with high blood pressure, arrhythmia, and heart failure.

Sleep Apnea Is More Than Snoring

Sleep apnea presents as an irritating sleep condition, as its symptoms tend to be loud snorts and choking sounds, sometimes as often as 30 or more times in an hour. These sounds are a result of difficulty breathing due to the fact that when people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) fall asleep, their muscle tone changes and blocks their upper airway. The airway collapses, blocking the flow of air, which in turn makes it difficult to breathe. The less common form of sleep apnea, central sleep apnea (CSA), is a result of the brain not sending regular signals to the diaphragm to contract and expand.

Does Sleep Apnea Present Other Health Risks?

Most people who suffer from sleep apnea are overweight, which in itself is a risk for heart disease and stroke. The connection between both obstructive and central sleep apnea isn’t 100% clear, but there is a strong connection between the conditions. In addition to the increased risk of heart disease, sleep apnea can cause stress and other health problems because of the poor sleep environment that the condition can create.

So What Can I Do About My Sleep Apnea?

If you’re a chronic snorer, or a poor sleeper, you shouldn’t simply dismiss it. Sleep apnea is typically diagnosed through a sleep study, but you shouldn’t ignore the potential issues that it can cause your heart. Make an appointment today at TrustCare’s Heart Clinic for a heart screening utilizing the most current non-invasive tests. We can evaluate your condition and put you on the path for better heart health and hopefully more restful sleep.