Can’t sleep well at night and toss and turn?
If you have trouble sleeping or if you or your partner snore loudly, you may have a sleep disorder.
To help people with sleep problems, the Sleep Apnea and Snoring Center looked at the facts and myths about sleep apnea.
If I don’t snore, it’s obvious I don’t have sleep apnea. (Myth)
A large percentage of patients do not snore, the center said. It can be a common sign, but not a prerequisite for sleep apnea. Have you used to snore but stopped for some reason? This indicator could be an indication of the severity of your sleep apnea.
Drugs and alcohol make sleep apnea problems worse. (Fact)
It is always important to follow the rule of not consuming alcohol and caffeine a few hours before bedtime. The center mentioned that medications, including benzodiazepines, opioids and Viagra, can increase sleep apnea problems.
I snore lightly, I’m not at risk for sleep apnea. (Myth)
The center mentions on its website that new studies have shown that the vibrations of snoring can cause “nervous lesions” in the soft palate. This symptom can affect your reflexes of certain tissues and increase the likelihood of a breakdown, leading to a major cause of sleep apnea. If you suffer from any type of snoring, it is advisable to speak to a sleep apnea specialist.
People can have sleep apnea without even knowing it. (Fact)
Sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans, according to the Center for Sleep Apnea and Snoring. Also, many patients at the center don’t snore at all, experts said.
Sleep apnea does not seriously affect your health. (Myth)
In fact, sleep apnea can put tremendous strain on vital organs and affect the overall quality of life, according to the center.
Health insurance companies cover treatments for sleep apnea. (Fact)
Many insurance plans, including Medicare and PPOs, cover oral device therapy. Check with your insurance provider to see if sleep apnea treatments are included in your plan.
Children are too young to have sleep apnea. (Myth)
Young adults and children can show the same signs of sleep apnea as adults. The center explained that parents often do not have their children tested for sleep apnea because they believe children cannot have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can be treated. (Fact)
Once a sleep assessment has been completed online, the center offers patients oral therapy using a device fitted to their mouth by a specialist. The oral contraption frees their lungs for proper airflow and stops snoring during sleep, the center said.
Whether you are sleep deprived or struggling with sleep apnea, the Sleep Apnea and Snoring Center is dedicated to finding the ideal treatment for your needs.
Find out if you’re at risk for sleep apnea by doing a simple sleep analysis. Click or tap here to take the test.