Sleep apnea disrupts your breathing as you slumber, causing pauses that can last ten seconds or even a minute. These apneas happen repeatedly, fragmenting your sleep and leaving you feeling drained even after eight hours. The good news is that sleep apnea is treatable. With the right diagnosis and management, you can reclaim your nights and wake up feeling refreshed, ready to tackle the day.
The rhythmic rumble, the high-pitched whistle, the thunderous roar – snoring, in all its variety, can turn a peaceful night into a cacophony. At its core, snoring is simply the sound of air vibrating tissues in the upper airway during sleep. When relaxed, these tissues, including the tongue, soft palate, and uvula, can partially block the passage for air, causing them to vibrate with each breath.
Sleep medicine isn’t just about chasing zzz’s. It’s about recognizing the impact sleep has on our health. Poor sleep is linked to a host of problems, from heart disease and diabetes to depression and cognitive decline. By diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, sleep medicine can improve not just our slumber, but our overall well-being. The next time you struggle to drift off, remember, we are here to offer answers.