Snoring and Sleep Apnea Symptoms
When you don’t get a good night’s sleep – everything suffers. Your work. Your relationships. Your quality of life. Snoring and sleep apnea could be the cause of your chronic fatigue. When your brain is working on overdrive to keep you breathing throughout the night, it can’t shut down and let you fully rest. At Advanced ENT & Allergy Center, we evaluate and treat all causes of snoring and sleep apnea. Don’t suffer another night without good sleep.
Symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Chronic tiredness during the day
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Morning headaches
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Paused breathing while sleeping (either someone has witnessed this happening or it has woken you up)
Treating Sleep Apnea for Two Decades
Dr. Menachof has been diagnosing and treating sleep apnea for more than 20 years. His patients receive a complete in-office examination before being sent to have an overnight sleep study, if needed. Our sleep services include a comprehensive evaluation and treatment of snoring, mouth-breathing at night, obstructive sleep apnea in adult and pediatric sleep apnea.
Frequently Asked Questions about Snoring and Sleep Apnea
When soft tissue in the airway relaxes during sleep, it vibrates and causes snoring. People who have an enlarged soft palate and uvula at the back of their mouth often snore. The tongue, tonsils, adenoids, and congestion can contribute to a snoring problem. Excess weight, alcohol intake, sleeping pills, smoking, and poor sleeping habits can also intensify snoring issues.
When breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep, it is known as obstructive sleep apnea. It occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway. Patients may experience 30 to 300 episodes per night.
Fatigue is the immediate effect of sleep apnea. In order to keep you breathing while you sleep, your brain never lets you get into deeper stages of sleep (where true rest occurs). Fatigue has many side effects, including impaired job performance and falling asleep while driving. Living with untreated obstructive sleep apnea can also cause elevated blood pressure and heart enlargement.