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Doctors Comment on Sleep Apnea

More and more medical professionals are addressing the issue of sleep apnea and the revitalising effects that treatments like mandibular advancement devices can have on improving the quality of life of sufferers.

Although not all snoring is caused by sleep apnea, it has become clear in recent years that more people are suffering from the disorder than previously thought. The issue frequently goes undiagnosed because sufferers do not realise that they’re snoring loudly the entire night. The only clue that something is wrong in these cases is that they feel heavily fatigued the next day, despite the perception that they’d had a full night of rest.

Those with bed partners, who are often acutely aware of the issue, typically push sufferers to find a snoring cure or to get diagnosed. Practising physician, Dr. William Lacy, stated that, when it comes to sleep apnea, “snoring and daytime sleepiness are among the most common symptoms”. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute labels obstructive sleep apnea as a condition in which people have trouble getting enough air into their lungs while they sleep.

When the airway is blocked, the soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses, causing a partial or complete closure – this compounds the problem and can create the disruptive snoring reaction. The fatigue experienced by sufferers is due to the failure of the body to enter a deep sleep state. Daytime fatigue has been reported by many nations as being one of the most major causes of automotive incidents, a fact supported by healthcare professionals.

There may be more causes for sufferers to seek a snoring cure, however, as other health risks accumulate over time. According to Dr Anderson, a vice president and chief medical officer for Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, “severe sleep apnea increases your stroke risk three times over your normal risk,” and it’s “an independent cause of hypertension, so the cardiovascular risks are very important.”

Fortunately, modern medicine has advanced in these areas as well, and important treatment tools like mandibular advancement devices are now available to the general public.

Snoremate - 24 Nov 2011