Sleeping With Snorers

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012, 8:30 pm

Sleeping with a snorer can take a toll on your health. Studies have shown that people who sleep with snorers experience disrupted sleep which leads to fatigue, irritability, weight gain and may even contribute to hearing loss.

A great number of people who snore also suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder that causes them to stop breathing during sleep. Loud snoring, and gasping or snorting during sleep are common signs of the disorder. Untreated sleep apnea is linked to heart disease, stroke, weight gain and other metabolic problems. The extreme daytime sleepiness also means that sleep apnea patients are more likely to suffer from accidents.

Of course the person sleeping next to them is suffering from extreme daytime sleepiness as well. One study of the Mayo Clinic found that spouses of snorers woke up an average of 21 times per hour which is close to the 27 times per hour their sleep apnea suffering bed mates woke. A 2003 study tracked the spouses of 54 patients with sleep apnea. Once the snoring and sleep apnea were treated the quality-of-life scores given by the spouses increased dramatically, even more than the scores of the patients themselves!

If you are sleeping next to someone who snores they need to be screened for obstructive sleep apnea. Even if they don’t have the disorder we do have a way to quiet the noise – the same oral appliance used by sleep apnea patients to keep their airway open during sleep also stops the snoring. Find out more about oral appliance therapy for snoring and sleep apnea by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule a consultation.

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