No this does not mean being strangled in the middle of the night by a severely annoyed wife or husband as tempting as that may be! But the fact is Snoring is often related to sleep apnea, a condition where the body is deprived of oxygen during a night of heavy ZZZZZ’s
One obvious problem is daytime sleepiness contributing to auto and workplace accidents. But even worse, sleep apnea which is experienced by over 30 million Americans has been scientifically linked to obesity, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks and diabetes. So if that low rumbling sound that keeps the entire neighborhood awake isn’t enough, now there is much more reason for concern.
But wait – it actually gets worse. A study performed by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine has just shown a significant link and cancer, showing this condition increases the risk of cancer death by almost a factor of 5.
“This is really big news,” said Dr Joseph Golish, a professor of sleep medicine with the MetroHealth System in Cleveland. “It is the first time this has been shown, and it looks like a very solid association.
There is no doubt that snoring can be more serious than just a nighttime disturbance. So what can you do if you or a loved one may suffer from sleep apnea?
Fortunately, there are many ways to have this condition treated, all the way from simple dental appliances, to surgery, to wearing nighttime contraptions that may sound like Darth Vader. Your dentist and physician can recommend the best treatment for you.
At Dr McGarry’s office we would be happy to take a look and discuss your snoring issues and we even have a home tester that can be used to help discover the problem. Just give us a call at 810-735-9426 and we will get you in right away! Let’s make tonight a quiet one!!
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