Snoring does more than annoy your bed partner. “If you don’t treat snoring caused by sleep apnea, your heart starts to suffer because it has to work harder,” said Aaron Robinson, MD, CHI Health Otolaryngologist.
Treatment depends on what’s causing the ruckus:
- Nasal implants that are not unlike nasal strips, just for the inside of your nose, keep nasal passages open.
- Cryotherapy involves spraying cold gas into the nose to freeze the nerve and shrink nasal passages.
- Oral appliances, which are sophisticated mouth guards, move the jaw slightly forward to create uninterrupted air flow.
- Surgery reduces tonsils/fixes deviated septum.
- CPAP machine addresses severe obstructive sleep apnea.
A sleep study is the first step. “This is for anybody who stops breathing and gasps for breath more than once a night. Or if you wake up with headaches or daytime sleepiness,” said Dr. Robinson. CHIhealth.com/Sleep
Find out if your snoring is a problem. CHIhealth.com/SleepRisk
“If you’re overweight, losing even 10-15% of your body weight can make a significant difference with snoring and sleep apnea,” said Dr. Robinson.