Don't Ignore The Snore

It's usually a person's sleep partner who notices the snoring. But just because you snore, it doesn't mean you have it. But if you're snoring is loud and irregular, you should check it out.

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder, in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep.

The main types of sleep apnea are:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.
  • Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Certain people are more prone than others to have sleep apnea, and health risks, which are serious,  can be found HERE.

Take a quiz to see if you are at risk for sleep apnea HERE.

Listen for our minute segment on sleep apnea Tuesday, June 20, at 6:23 a.m, 8:23 a.m., and 6:23 pm on AM 600 KOGO. 

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