Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Snoring in Stafford VA
Snoring can be an indicator of Sleep Apnea or disruption of the natural sleep cycle via paused breathing episodes. Dr. Yousaf provides treatment for snoring and sleep apnea for the residents of Stafford, Quantico Base, Manassas, Woodbridge, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Garrisonville, and Roseville, VA.
Snoring is defined as the noisy sounds that one makes during sleep when there is an obstruction of free-flowing air through the passages at the very back of the mouth and nose. People who snore may suffer from poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat, throat tissue that is too bulky, a long soft palate or uvula, or an obstructed nasal passage. Snoring disrupts normal sleeping patterns and deprives the snorer from achieving adequate and complete rest. Medically, it can also be a sign of OSA or an obstructive sleep apnea which can lead to both serious, and long-term health issues.
Sleep Apnea or OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)
Sleep Apnea is characterized by having multiple episodes of disrupted breathing in which there are pauses in breathing that last long than 10 seconds at a time. Those suffering from sleep apnea experience frequent disruption in their natural sleep cycle and experience anywhere from 30 – 300 events per night. These disruptions can lead to lower amounts of oxygen in the blood, causing the heart to work harder.
A sleep apnea sufferer experiences the immediate effect of the sleep disrupting condition including having to sleep lightly, keep throat muscles tense allowing for airflow to the lungs, and daytime fatigue that can affect job performance and operation of machinery If untreated, sleep apnea can cause much more serious issues – heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes, being several of the medical issues that may be experienced.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Those who experience heavy snoring should be examined, as to rule out the possibility of sleep apnea, or identify sleep apnea. Nasal allergy, infection, obstruction of the nasal passage, or an enlargement of the tonsils and adenoids, are all causes for snoring. By going for an examination, it will be able to identify the specific cause for your snoring.
Aside from heavy snoring, other symptoms that should be carefully evaluated for possible sleep apnea include a witnessed episode of apnea, daytime fatigue and drowsiness, high blood pressure, heart disease, or a history of strokes.