Under diagnosed and frequently dismissed simply as harmless yet annoying snoring, “obstructive sleep apnea” (OSA) is a very dangerous condition.
Chances are that your spouse, other family members, or your coworkers, are keen to the problem. They either also suffer from your snoring, or see the signs of a body which is not sleeping at night as it woefully attempts to navigate a given day. Recently, a condition known as “secondary snoring” has been researched, and has been shown to cost the bed partner of a snorer an average of 1.5 hours of sleep each night. Snoring, in fact, has also been shown to be a leading cause of divorce. A study conducted by an American university cites snoring as one of the leading causes for divorce.
A recent study conducted by the Rush University Medical Centre in Illinois, USA has shown that couples who struggle with sleep apnoea (snoring) have a high divorce rate. So how severe is the problem here?
One traditional option is treatment with CPAP. But this option isn’t for everyone. That’s why Dr. Eloff also offers oral appliance therapy. This effective treatment option uses a custom-made oral device to reposition the tongue and lower jaw, ensuring that important airways remain open and clear.
That’s why snoring, or any of these other symptoms, shouldn’t be ignored.
How do you feel after a long night of sleep? Do you feel rested and ready to tackle the day, or do you feel like you’ve barely slept at all? For patients who struggle with sleep apnea, the latter is very common.