Can snoring be serious? Many people like to make fun of people who snore and of those who suffer the side effects of it. As a matter of fact, snoring can be a serious health issue called sleep apnea.  There are different types of snoring, and not all who snore suffer from sleep apnea.

The first things to try are:

  • Losing weight
  • Quitting or reducing smoking and alcohol consumption
  • Changing your sleeping position

If this doesn't help, then you should check with your doctor and ask to be checked for sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a condition in which you literally stop breathing many times during the night. In some cases, a person can't breathe for over a minute. These occurrences can happen many times during the night.

I have sleep apnea. I went to a sleep clinic. On the first night, they let you sleep normally while you are hooked up to a bunch of monitoring equipment. The condition is so serious that a nurse watches you all night.

I stopped breathing over 200 times over an 8 hour period! The longest time was 1 minute and 10 seconds. I remember that one because I woke up thrashing and had ripped the blood oxygen monitor off of my finder. The nurse came in, replaced the monitor and told me that for sure I was going to be back the next night to find the best air pressure for a mask I could wear.

A friend of mine told me that he went in and he had over 90 interruptions an hour!

What happens is that your air passages close and you choke. Your body keeps trying to get air , but can't. After a couple of seconds, the brain goes into danger alert mode and starts funneling as much blood oxygen as it can to the brain which is the first to suffer from oxygen deprivation.

Can Snoring Be Serious? You Bet It Can!

The longer you can't breathe, the more concerned the brain gets. That's why I awoke thrashing after the 1 minute 10 second episode. I was choking to death and the brain wouldn't allow that. I woke up and started to breath again.

People with sleep apnea spend their whole nights like this. Even a 10 second occurrence starts to get the brain into survival mode.

Can snoring be dangerous? No wonder these people wake up exhausted. They've been fighting off choking all night!

This condition can be fatal, so it’s important that you consult your doctor if you suspect that your snoring is more than an irritation.

The good news for those who suffer from sleep apnea is that there are many treatments that are available that do not involve surgery.

The first step your doctor is likely to take is to identify the specific apnea that plagues your sleep. There are three different types of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive
  2. Central
  3. And mixed.

Obstructive is the one you will hear the most about, since it’s the most common one.

Once your particular apnea is discovered, you and your physician will work out a treatment plan in order to correct or minimize your apnea. Common treatments for obstructive sleep apnea include behavioral changes such as diet and exercise, medications such as nasal sprays with steroids, thyroid replacement therapy medications, and weight loss medications, dental appliances and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines, which are devices that deliver constant air pressure through a face mask in order to keep the airways open.

There is usually not one size fits all solution to snoring. The physical ones mentioned above are a good place to start. Always check with your doctor first.         

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Can snoring be dangerous? The choking cycle is vicious. The result of the apnea is a lack of energy and damage to internal organs. The worst thing you can do if you suspect you have sleep apnea is to do nothing.

P.S. By the way, do you want to find out more about "can snoring be dangerous?", visit the link to get a much more in depth  discussion of this dangerous condition (no I'm not overstating the hazard!)

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