Snoring is a significant symptom of OSA. Sometimes there is a fine line between snoring and sleep apnea. The following yes/no questions can help you know when to seek medical assistance for suspected sleep apnea.
If you answer “yes” to 3 or more of the following symptoms, it is suggested that you speak with your physician about sleep apnea:
Do you snore loud enough to be heard through a closed door?
Are you tired during the day?
Has someone told you that you stop breathing when asleep?
Have you been told you have high blood pressure or are you on blood pressure medication?
Are you overweight?
Are you over 50 years of age?
Do you have a neck circumference of 17 inches or more (men) 16 inches (women)?
Are you a male?
Snoring is not a normal phenomenon but it is a very common activity that millions of American suffer with. Snoring can be associated with dangerous medical conditions, and it is recommended that treatment be sought to deal with potential dangers and to keep the peace at home.
Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea and treatment should be sought, as OSA is a dangerous, deadly medical condition that can affect every part of the human structure.
When children breathe through their mouths during the day chances are that they also breathe through their mouths at night. Mouth breathing at night is directly connected to altered levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the blood stream. When less oxygen is able to reach the brain, learning and the ability to focus at school becomes a problem for many children.