While heavy snoring can be annoying to your partner, it can also be an indication of something more serious, a condition called sleep apnoea. This occurs when the airways close when you’re sleeping, making breathing difficult and leading to a lack of oxygen. The result is snoring and frequent waking during the night.
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnoea, but if your snoring is accompanied by constant daytime fatigue, poor concentration and morning headaches you should have a test for the condition.
Snoring is the main symptom of sleep apnoea and should not be ignored. Undiagnosed sleep apnoea can lead to an increased risk of accidents through lack of sleep and the constant fatigue.
The condition also increases the risk of serious health issues such as a stroke, heart attack and diabetes. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnoea, there are treatment options available.
Your dentist may provide you with an oral device resembling a mouthguard, which is worn when sleeping and pushes the lower jaw down to keep the airways open. Treatment will depend on the severity of the sleep apnoea.
Do you have sleep apnoea? An in-home Sleep Test provides a quick, convenient and affordable way to have sleep apnoea confirmed. All studies are independently analysed by experienced NHS-qualified sleep professionals, and use the WatchPAT recording device for unrivalled accuracy.
Learn more about sleep apnoea: https://www.sleeptest.co.uk