Sleep Apnea Treatment Kennewick, WA and Tri-Cities Area
Snoring can be a more serious problem than just an annoying sound that disrupts the sleep of whoever in bed next to you.
Most of the time snoring is harmless, but particularly heavy snoring can be a sign that you’re not getting enough oxygen when you sleep, which will eventually lead to some very serious health problems down the road.
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which victims experience prolonged pauses in breathing during sleep, and these pauses mean you don’t get as much oxygen as you should be getting every night. It’s a small amount of oxygen that you’re missing every night, but over the weeks, months, and years this problem puts you at significantly higher risk of high blood pressure, liver problems, stroke, and other complications.
Loud snoring is the most obvious sign of sleep apnea, but there are other symptoms of the disorder as well, including:
- Fatigue and trouble focusing throughout the day
- Regularly waking up at night with shortness of breath
- Dry mouth and/or sore throat upon waking
- Headaches in the morning
Some people are at higher risk of suffering from sleep apnea than others. Those with one or more of the following traits are more likely to have sleep apnea than those without: