Snoring is normal. However, snoring too loud could attribute to some health issues like obstructive sleep apnea.
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What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
According to the health website Mayo Clinic, obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder, causing breathing to repeatedly stop and start in the middle of one’s sleep.
This occurs when throat muscles intermittently relax and block the airway during sleep. The most evident sign of OSA is snoring.
What are the symptoms of OSA?
- Loud snoring
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Morning headache
- High blood pressure
- Nighttime sweating
- Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
- Abrupt awakenings with gasping or choking
- Episodes of stopped breathing during sleep
- Decreased libido
What are the factors that could increase the risk of OSA?
- Excess weight
- Narrowed airway
- High blood pressure or hypertension
- Chronic nasal congestion
- Family history
What are the complications of having OSA?
- Daytime fatigue and sleepiness
- Cardiovascular problems
- Complications with medications and surgery
- Eye problems
- Sleep-deprived partners
What can you do to prevent OSA?
- Health diet
- Regular exercise
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated
There are ways to treat OSA. One is by using a device that uses positive pressure to keep the airway open while sleeping. Another one is by using a mouthpiece or getting surgery.
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