Did you get a good night sleep...really?

Snoring isn't sexy. That's for sure. We usually think of the second hand effects of snoring, like keeping our partner awake at night while we saw enough logs to drop a forest. The effects of second hand sleep deprivation on those who live with someone who has a snoring problem are very real. However, even more alarming are the effects on the person doing the snoring. Loud snoring can be a sign of a bigger problem known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a potentially life-threatening disorder that results from a collapse of the airway during sleep, depriving organs like your heart and brain with the oxygen they need. This not only leads to decreased quality of life due to daytime fatigue, memory and concentration problems, but also increases the risk for stroke and heart attack. Many times OSA and snoring can be treated with simple lifestyle changes. And other times, treatment may require a device to keep the airway open during sleep so you get the oxygen you need. Either way, suffers from any of the symptoms listed above, you owe it to yourself to get a sleep study and treatment. Not only will you feel better, but it just may save your life.