Snoring is a major sign of sleep apnea, a condition that can be life-threatening if left untreated. You probably live with someone or know some one who is a snorer. Maybe you have been told that you snore extremely loudly.
Information below to learn more about snoring:
- Approximately 20% of the adult population snores, rising to 60% of men above the age of 40.
- The more times per week someone snores, the more likely they are to have daytime sleepiness.
- Bed partners of snorers have their sleep interrupted an average of 21 times a night compared with an average of 27 times per night for the snorer.
- The decibel level from snoring can be high enough to cause damage to the human ear.
- Some snorers produce sound that is louder than the decibel level allowed in the workplace, according to the OSHA working environment standards.
- The sound of snoring can cause snorers to arouse from their sleep and prevent the snorer from going into deeper, more restful levels of sleep.
- Bed partners of particularly noisy snorers have been shown to have a substantial incidence of partial deafness in the ear that faces their snoring bedmate.
- The vibration in the inner ear caused by snoring makes the snorer highly susceptible to hearing loss.
Snoring tends to get worse as snorers get older or gain weight. The passage of time causes the tissues in the throat to sag and vibrate more, while weight gain causes fat deposits to narrow the air passageway in the throat. As the air passage in the throat narrows, whether through the passage of time or weight gain, more serious sleep-related breathing disorders occur.
Call our Pasadena Texas Sleep Office at 832-487-0647 today to let us show you how we can help you with your snoring. Plus, we will screen you for the serious health problem of obstructive sleep apnea.