COLORADO SPRINGS — It's time to revisit a health issue as old as time, snoring. Snoring can be a mere annoyance and it can also be a warning sign of more serious health issues.
Dr. Jeremy Montrose, DMD with Breathe Correct Colorado says, “Snoring is one of the most common things we experience in life, and probably most people ignore it.”
Snoring can even drive loved ones apart, says Dr. Montrose. “One and four couples are either sleeping in separate beds or separate bedrooms just based on snoring.” I've seen surveys that say up to 40% of couples are sleeping separately. Snoring has a big social impact but there's also a big health impact.”
The effects of snoring can range, says Dr. Montrose but it's something that could be a warning sign of other health issues. “Snoring is a good screening tool. It may just be an annoyance, it may be uncomfortable, it doesn't always mean there is an underlying health condition, but it's worth seeing if [snoring] is affecting your health, because it commonly can be. We want to make it clear that snoring does not automatically mean [you have] sleep apnea. Most sleep apnea does involve snoring, but not all snoring involves sleep apnea. The problem is the person who is snoring would never know the difference.”
Dr. Montrose says the biggest warning signs that snoring is affecting your sleep, and your health is something to look for during the day. “The most predictable indicator is daytime fatigue. We have a survey called the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. It’s a short questionnaire of how sleepy you get during the day. Sometimes we take for granted that everyone needs coffee in the morning or after lunch. It’s kind of ingrained in us with a Starbucks on every corner that it’s normal, but it’s not healthy to need that much stimulus all day long.”
In a future story, we'll talk more about how sleep issues are diagnosed and the wide range of health effects it brings with it. We’ll also explore the many treatment options available for snoring.
If you have questions about the snoring solutions at Breathe Correct, feel free to contact them at (866) 846-8569 or visit their web page at BreatheCorrect.com
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