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Snoring can be a disruption while trying to sleep, for both you and your partner. Did you know that snoring could kill you and your partner?

In an indirect way and slowly over time, snoring caused by sleep apnea can be detrimental to one’s health. Other health-related diseases are associated with sleep apnea, which is why it is known as the “silent killer.” Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea disorders, which occur when soft tissue in the airway blocks air traveling to and from the lungs, temporarily disrupting airflow. This disruption of airflow causes slight awakenings throughout the night. When a person suffers from this type of sleep apnea, they typically snore in their sleep. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you may not even realize you snore while you sleep, but your partner sure does. So you and your partner lose a little sleep, what is the harm in that? A lot!

For starters, sleep apnea has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, obesity, and irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation). Atrial fibrillation can lead to blood clots, which causes heart attacks if the clot dislodges and travels to the heart. Also, when you lack adequate airflow, the oxygen levels in your blood are affected, and your body is not receiving the air it needs. Imagine how your body will begin to suffer when the heart and brain are not receiving enough oxygen. With these increased risks associated with sleep apnea, it is no wonder why sleep apnea is known as the silent killer.

How do I know if my partner or I have a sleep apnea disorder? Symptoms associated with sleep apnea include, daytime fatigue, snoring, headaches, attention disorders (or trouble focusing), and abrupt awakenings while you sleep. However, some people may not present any symptoms at all yet still have a sleep apnea disorder, especially if they have high blood pressure. If you or your partner have high blood pressure, screening for sleep apnea is highly recommended. After all, it could save both your lives!

You should not ignore sleep apnea symptoms. An underlying sleep apnea disorder could be silently killing both you and your partner. The good news is that there is hope. We offer simple solutions to help not only treat your sleep apnea disorder but to reduce or eliminate your symptoms. Take a step towards a longer, healthier life, and consider undergoing a sleep apnea screening. It is better to know and put your mind at ease then to risk your life or the life of someone you love!

For more information on sleep apnea screenings and treatments, contact Smiles by Songstad. Dr. Songstad and his team welcome patients from the Green Hills and Belle Meade, TN areas.