It’s not unusual to experience some light snoring from time to time.
However, sometimes snoring can be indicative of an underlying problem
that requires treatment. Sleep apnea, for example, has been linked to
an increased risk of cardiac problems. It can be difficult to know when
snoring ought to be evaluated by the experts at the sleep center at
Mercy Hospital. If you ever have concerns about your sleep habits, you could consider
discussing them with your primary care physician, who may refer you to
the sleep center.
When Snorers Gasp During Sleep
Individuals with sleep apnea
periodically cease and restart breathing in a cyclical manner during sleep. When breathing stops, the brain instructs
the body to wake up to resume breathing. As the patient is briefly roused
from sleep, he or she may gasp for air or give a snorting sound. Patients
with sleep apnea rarely become aware of these indicators directly; rather,
other sleepers may witness these events.
When Other Symptoms Are Apparent
In addition to gasping for air, sleep apnea can cause other signs and symptoms.
Snorers may wish to be evaluated for a sleep disorder if they wake up
with a sore throat, dry mouth, or a headache. Throughout the day, people
with sleep apnea can display excessive sleepiness and concentration impairment;
this is because they haven’t gotten a full night’s sleep.
Irritability can also accompany sleep deprivation.
When Certain Medical Conditions Are Present
People who snore may wish to be evaluated by a sleep specialist if they
also have other medical conditions. Sleep apnea is associated with cardiac
problems, such as high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeats, and heart
attack. Obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk of stroke. This
sleep disorder may even increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, metabolic
syndrome, and liver problems.
The specialists at the Mercy Hospital
Sleep Laboratory in Miami look forward to meeting you and addressing your concerns. Our
Sleep Laboratory features private rooms equipped with state-of-the-art
monitoring technology to facilitate accurate diagnoses and inform effective
treatment plans. You can request a referral to a sleep specialist by calling
our Consult-A-Nurse line at (305) 854-4400.