Don’t take snoring lightly. It may just be an indicator of a more serious health problem, sleep apnea.
Dr. Charles Hawkins of the Zanesville Dental Sleep Medicine Center says that snoring and sleep apnea are sometimes related.
“What happens is the body feels itself starting to choke because you stop breathing,” says Dr. Hawkins. “Your oxygen level actually drops in your blood; the body picks that up and associates it with choking.”
To solve the problem, the doctor recommends using a device, which allows the sufferer to breath more easily. Hawkins explains: “It’s actually something like CPR. It opens up the airway by bringing the lower jaw forward. Now we can’t fit this device until you have a sleep test and get diagnosed with sleep apnea or snoring.”
Studies have proven that if sleep apnea is left untreated, it can result in cardiovascular complications, obesity, and even stroke.