About half of people snore at some point in their lifetime. Approximately 40 percent of adult men and 24 percent of adult women are habitual snorers. Although, it is noted that snoring is more common with men and people who are overweight. Sporadic snoring is usually not something to worry about but if you’re a habitual snorer, you may find help from medical assistance.Habitual snoring has many associated health risks, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). Prolonged sleep apnea usually results in high blood pressure which can create a higher risk of getting heart attacks and strokes. There are many ways to treat OSA and UARS, including behavior modification, sleep positioning, Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), Laser Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty (LAUP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), and jaw adjustment techniques.
One of the most common and effective of these treatments is CPAP. It uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open, usually through a specially designed nasal mask or pillow. It is considered the most effective nonsurgical treatment to help with snoring and sleep apnea.
CPAP has many benefits, including:
- Opens airways
- Prevents snoring
- Improves quality of sleep
- Decreases/prevents high blood pressure
- Alleviates sleep apnea symptoms
Many people who started using CPAP reported feeling improvements in their symptoms almost immediately. Consult with one of the doctors at Alexandria Otolaryngology Associates to find out if CPAP is right for you.