SNORING

SNORING

SNORING: …NOT FUNNY, NOT HOPELESS
Answer to some frequently asked questions.

WHAT IS SNORING & WHAT CAUSES IT?
Snoring is the vibrations of the soft tissues of the back of the throat. Snoring is the first indicator of possible obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), a common disorder resulting in improper breathing during sleep.

IS SNORING SERIOUS?
Medically and Socially – Yes.
It can make the snorer an object of ridicule.
It can cause others to have sleepless nights.
Marriages can be strained due to severe snoring.
It disturbs the sleeping pattern and deprives rest.
Severe snoring can cause health problems including Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Snoring has been associated with heart problems, hypertension and obesity.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SNORING?
Restless and disturbed sleep.
Loss of attention span at school and work.
Tiredness and sleepiness during the day.
Frequent headaches.
Irritability and mood swings.

IS THERE A CURE?
There are general as well as specific treatments for snoring. Your doctor can quide you as to the best course of treatment for you.

A SNORING CHILD SHOULD BE EXAMINED FOR PROBLEMS WITH TONSILS, ADENOIDS, TURBINATES, and UVULA & SOFT PALATE.

What’s Your “SNORE-SCORE”?
To determine if snoring is a health concern for you, answer each of the following questions by choosing TURE (T) or FALSE (F).

1. People tell me I snore.
2. My bed-partner is disturbed by my snoring.
3. My snoring disturbs others in the next room.
4. My snoring has become progressively worse.
5. I snore only when I sleep on my back.
6. I snore while sleeping in all positions.
7. I have been told I stop breathing between snores.
8. My snoring causes me to awaken suddenly.
9. I snore at night and am sleepy during the day.
10. I snore at night and have high blood pressure.

Evaluating your “Snore-Score”.

If you answered TRUE to questions 1, 2, 3 & 4, your snoring probably interferes with your personal life.

If you answered TRUE to question 5, you may be a positional snorer.

If you answered TRUE to questions 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10, there is a good chance you have Sleep Apnea.

Please review your snore-score with your doctor and discuss your symptoms for medical advice about diagnosis and treatment of snoring and sleep apnea.

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