Nearly half of people in the United States snore
There are more than 80 defined sleep disorders. The Sleep Wellness Institute has sleep experts ready to help you get a better life through better sleep.
Snoring is a symptom of overcrowding in the back of the throat due to the relaxation and sagging of the muscles. These relaxed tissues vibrate against the back of the throat during breathing causing the sound of snoring.
When we are awake, the muscles of the throat hold the throat open, so that air passes in smoothly as we breathe.
Is Snoring Dangerous? Yes! Snorers can sleep poorly and suffer from reduced daytime alertness. In its most severe form, it is an indicator of obstructive sleep apnea.
Snoring is both a social and a medical problem. It can be disruptive to vacations, business trips, and home life, frequently forcing partners to sleep separately.
My sales job requires me to drive all over the state. I used to get so tired around 2 or 3 in the afternoon that I’d have to pull over and take a nap. My work suffered, and I worried about falling asleep at the wheel. It turned out I had sleep apnea. Now I use a CPAP machine while I sleep, and it’s made all the difference. I don’t feel like I’m going to fall asleep while driving and I’m a lot more productive at my job.
I had to force myself to stay active at my job just so I wouldn’t fall asleep. After work, I’d fall asleep in front of the TV. I never had energy, no matter how much I slept. After my sleep study at the Sleep Wellness Institute, my doctor recommended I use a CPAP machine at night. The treatment turned my life around. I’m in bed less but feel more rested, my blood pressure is lower, and the problems with my ulcerative colitis went away.
I knew I snored a lot but I didn’t realize it was a big deal. I learned I stopped breathing 11 times in the night after I did a sleep study. Scary but at least they could help.