Snoring and Other Warning Signs

Many people who snore have become the target of bad jokes or victims of frequent ‘jabs’ from irritated bed partners. Those who snore often feel embarrassed and guilty for affecting other household members’ sleep. Often times, bed partners move to separate rooms because the non-snoring partner feels it is the only solution to the interruptions of sleep through the night.

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But loud snoring may be an early warning sign that something is seriously wrong with breathing during sleep. Snoring indicates that the airway is not fully open, and the noise of snoring comes from the efforts to force air through a narrowed passageway. It can lead to a number of issues, not only for the sleeper who is snoring, but for their bed partners as well. Snoring, like many other sleep disorders, can frequently disrupt a good night’s sleep, affecting the physical, mental and emotional well-being of each member of the household. Sleep disruption often leads to fatigue, irritability, inability to safely or effectively perform duties such as driving, working, learning and tending to other daily responsibilities. Long-term effects often include stress, anxiety and depression.

Snoring itself also indicates a real danger to the health of the affected sleeper. For an estimated five in 100 people, (typically overweight, middle-aged men), extremely loud snoring is the first indication of a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder called sleep apnea. In adults, the snoring may be so loud that it is heard throughout the house or even by the neighbors. The sleeper’s snoring is usually interrupted by pauses—then gasps—revealing that the sleeper intermittently stops breathing. Some people do not breathe at all for up to 75 percent of their sleep time.

Children may also experience snoring and related sleep disorders. At the Fisher-Titus Sleep Center, our highly qualified and experienced physicians and technicians are dedicated to effectively diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in adults and children ages 3 and older.

If you or someone you know snores, you may benefit from a sleep study at our Sleep Center. Sleep studies, or sleep tests, are performed right within our center during a patient’s normal sleeping hours. Our staff makes every effort to make the sleep study atmosphere as close to the comfort of home as possible. Our relaxing environment includes queen-sized beds as well as areas within our pediatric rooms for parents and guardians to sleep with children who undergo sleep studies. During the painless evaluation, electrodes are placed on the scalp, face, chest and legs to monitor the brain, breathing and muscle movements while you sleep. Learn more in our FAQ section.

The Sleep Center provides a variety of treatment plans based on diagnosis to help deal with snoring and other related disorders. Based on the results of the sleep study, our staff will help you determine the path of care that is right for you and your family of sleepers. Contact us today to be on your way to more restful sleep.

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Our Sleep Center serves patients throughout Erie and Huron counties, including Amherst, Ashland, Attica, Bellevue, Berlin Heights, Castalia, Clyde, Collins, Fremont, Greenwich, Huron, Milan, Monroeville, New Haven, New London, New Washington, North Fairfield, Norwalk, Nova, Oberlin, Plymouth, Port Clinton, Sandusky, Shelby, Shiloh, Tiffin, Tiro, Vermilion, Wakeman, Wellington, Willard and the surrounding communities. Call us today to learn more!