Snoring is something 40% of adults over 40 do, sometimes without even knowing it. However, what many people consider an annoying and involuntary habit is often one of the primary symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is more than just the snore, and if left untreated, it can pose serious risks to your long-term health.
Of the two forms of sleep apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea is by far more common and is the form most closely associated with snoring. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a blockage or collapse of the airway that interrupts breathing during sleep. OSA can be caused by excess tissue or an over-large tongue blocking the airway, leading to the force of the air trying to break through causing the loud snoring associated with the disorder.
OSA is too often left undiagnosed and untreated. Those suffering from OSA take in less oxygen in their lungs while they sleep, leading to a swath of long-term health problems.
Lack of oxygen in your sleep directly affects your cognitive abilities, leading to trouble focusing at work. What’s even more concerning, is that this drop in cognitive function makes you more likely to have driving or work-related accidents. Decreased intake of oxygen makes you more likely to suffer a heart attack or a nocturnal stroke, of which nearly 80% can be directly attributed to OSA. Those who don’t find a way to manage their OSA can find their life expectancies shortened by as many as 12-15 years.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that requires proper diagnosis and treatment to combat effectively. That’s why the skilled team at Hudson Valley Sleep Solutions is prepared to help you find the root of your sleep apnea and devise the best possible course of treatment for you. We’re proud to offer you top-of-the-line care at our state-of-the-art facility, so you can have the best quality of both life and sleep possible.
Don’t let your sleep apnea get between you and a good night’s sleep, schedule your initial consultation today!