Is snoring giving you and your loved one grief? You’ve tried to make some lifestyle changes but are still snoring like a Ferrari at night? Don’t despair. There are many effective treatments for snoring nowadays, such as Fotona NightLase® therapy. The first step to solving your snoring woes is to be aware of the problem and know when you should seek medical help.
These are the 4 main reasons when you should seek professional help for snoring:
- When the snoring is loud enough to wake you up
The loudest snore recorded is 120 decibels, as loud as a chainsaw. At high volumes, snorers certainly have the ability to wake themselves up at night. When this happens multiple times at night, your sleep is fragmented. In the long run, sleep deprivation is bad for your mental and physical health. Hence, you should definitely seek help if you’re woken up multiple times at night by your own snoring.
- When it disturbs your partner’s sleep
If your partner is constantly blaming you for disrupting their sleep, you should probably seek help. Snoring strains relationships and leads to deep resentment among couples. The snorer often thinks that their partner is making a big fuss, while the non-snorer blames the snorer for poor sleep. More couples are sleeping apart due to snoring, and some have even filed for divorce on grounds of their partner’s snoring, than ever before.
- When there are worrying signs during sleep
Snoring is often associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is a serious medical condition where patients stop breathing multiple times during sleep. This can lead to many long term health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Do watch out for following signs, which are suggestive of OSA when you:
- snore very loudly
- stop breathing for a period of time
- suddenly awaken and gasp for air
- make choking sounds during sleep
If you or your partner observe the above signs, you should seek help as soon as possible.
- When you have symptoms suggestive of OSA in the day
People who suffer from OSA often feel lousy the next day, like they’ve not had a good night’s rest. The following symptoms are suggestive of OSA if you:
- feel exceptionally sleepy in the day (especially if you tend to fall asleep at the wheel)
- have difficulty concentrating in the day
- wake up with a morning headache
- wake up with a dry mouth or sore throat
- experience mood changes, such as feeling depressed, anxious or easily irritable
- There is decreased libido
In summary, many people dismiss snoring as something benign. However, it is a common problem which has many harmful effects on relationships and health. This is especially so when the snorer also has underlying OSA. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you experience loud snoring or have any of the worrying signs and symptoms stated above. Your doctor will be happy to share with you the medical treatments available for snoring.