45 percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally, and 25 percent are habitual snorers. Only recently, however, have the adverse medical effects of snoring and its association with sleep apnea and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome, been recognized. One of the ways to help alleviate some of the problems that come with snoring is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).
Nasal CPAP delivers air into your airway through a specially designed nasal mask or pillows. The mask makes a flow of air that creates enough pressure when you inhale to help keep your airway open. A CPAP is often considered the most effective nonsurgical treatment to help with snoring and sleep apnea.
If you have significant sleep apnea, an otolaryngologist can help you determine if CPAP is for you. They will ask you the following questions:
- Do you snore loudly and disturb your family and friends?
- Do you have daytime sleepiness?
- Do you wake up frequently in the middle of the night?
- Do you have frequent episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep?
- Do you have morning headaches or tiredness?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may want to schedule a consultation with one of the doctors at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates. They can help you determine your next course of action.