It happens night after night. You are suddenly awakened by a horrible noise you’re convinced is some creature lurking in the dark. Then you realize it’s not something out of a Stephen King novel, but the person sleeping next to you snoring. Snoring is frustrating, especially for the people who have to listen to it, but did you know that it can also be a sign of something more serious?

Snoring is a result of sleep apnea, which is when the muscles that control your tongue and throat relax, resulting in the narrowing of the airway and sometimes total blockage. The blockage stops your breathing usually up to 10 seconds. This happens over and over again throughout the night without you realizing it. However, you may feel the effects the next day, which can include:

–       Headaches

–       Severe exhaustion and trouble concentrating/staying awake

–       Depression

–       Loud snoring

–       Rapid weight gain

These are just a few examples of the effects from sleep apnea. Some of the more serious conditions are heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes and even death. Stop losing the sleep that you need. The best way to treat sleep apnea is to visit your doctor or dentist for an evaluation.

Dr. Holevas has been treating sleep apnea for years and wants to help you get on the road to optimum health. If you or a loved one has been snoring or suffering from lost sleep, come in for a visit and see what we can do for you.