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When Snoring Isn't So Funny

If you’ve ever watched a comedy where an actor is portraying someone who is snoring loudly, you’ve probably laughed. And you probably also found yourself thinking of a family member or friend who fits that description.

Among family and close friends, Sue was one of these people.

“I’ve been called a ‘champion snorer,’” she says. “My snoring has bothered everyone in my family, including my husband and my sisters with whom I have shared a room. I’ve heard that even our family dog has looked strangely at me during one of my snoring episodes.”

Forty-five percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally and 25 percent are habitual snorers, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. The noisy sounds of snoring occur when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose.

“Snoring disturbs sleep patterns and deprives the snorer of appropriate rest,” says pulmonologist Carol Ash, DO, medical director of Sleep for Life, Inc. “The more severe the snoring, the more long-term health problems a snorer can suffer.”

Snorers with sleep apnea, a life-threatening condition in which breathing stops repeatedly during sleep, have an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

Sue had been suffering from a cold and her snoring seemed to have gotten even more out of control, so she decided to seek professional help.

After a consultation at a Sleep for Life Center, she took home a small hand-held monitor to wear that night. The data collected through the monitor was downloaded by sleep specialists and provided an assessment of Sue’s sleep patterns.

Sue’s assessment showed such a high indication of sleep apnea and she immediately was fitted for a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask. She then stayed overnight in the center, where further tests confirmed that she was experiencing multiple episodes of sleep apnea.

It took Sue several tries to find the CPAP mask that fit her best, but now that she has one she doesn’t plan to part with it.

“I found that the results of my sleep study were no longer a laughing matter,” says Sue, who is a registered nurse. “But the Sleep for Life staff reassured me that they could help and educated me on how important sleep is to my overall health.”

Sue says she now feels more alert, rested and refreshed. She’s back to walking more and enjoying her newfound sleep patterns.

“My husband also is sleeping much better,” says Sue. “In fact, it’s now so quiet in our room that he occasionally checks to make sure that I’m still breathing!”