Is There a Snoring Problem In Your Bedroom?

by Sandra Foyt on October 30, 2011

in Accommodations

Do you or your spouse snore? As far as marital problems go, this one is a biggie. A major source of stress in many households, snoring often goes unaddressed because no one wants to admit that they snore.

My husband and I have argued about this for years. He claims that my snoring shakes the rafters, and I counter that he is the one doing all the snoring. And we would have gone on arguing and sleeping poorly, on track for life-threatening illnesses, if not for one humiliating event.

A few weeks ago, I shared a hotel room with three women at a blog conference. All lovely ladies, they didn’t come out and accuse me of snoring, but one – the most sensitive to noise – spent both nights sleeping in the bathroom because “someone” snored loudly. It didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out the source of the noise.

Snoring Is A Symptom of a Bigger Problem

Snoring is more than a source of marital strife; it’s a symptom of a serious health issue. Dr. David Foyt explains, “Snoring is just a symptom that happens when you’re trying to breathe against a closed airway. Anybody who sleeps loudly may be at risk for Sleep Apnea.”

And Sleep Apnea can have serious consequences, causing heart failure and hypertension.

Dr. Foyt says that Sleep Apnea is an extremely underdiagnosed problem in America, and getting worse.  Rising obesity in the nation is leading to a huge increase in the incidence of severe sleep-related health issues. Much of which goes undiagnosed because patients are reluctant or embarrassed to tell their primary care physicians that they are sleeping poorly or snoring.

But you don’t have to be overweight, or even snoring loudly, to be at risk of Sleep Apnea – as my exceedingly slim and good-looking husband discovered when he accompanied me to the Capital Region Sleep Wake Center.

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Spend A Night at The Sleep Center

The best way to determine if you have Sleep Apnea, or one of many other sleep disorders, is to book a sleep study at a sleep center so that doctors can measure how much and how well you sleep.

In many ways, a night at a sleep center is no different than staying a luxury hotel. After check in, you are escorted to a Zen-like private room that does its best to soothe you to sleep on a Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress.

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As I was wired up for the night, the sleep technologist even claimed that some patients vowed that this was the best nights’ rest that they had had in years. Somehow I doubted it. Not when you have to spend the night hooked up to a scary number of electrodes and sensors that record your every movement.

wired-for-sleep-studyBut the data doesn’t lie. From a quick peek at my chart, it was clear that I was fully asleep and into Stage 2 (of 4 Sleep Stages) within minutes of turning off my bedside light. And I slept soundly through the night, waking only when the technician came in to reattach one of my leg wires.

But I didn’t feel rested even after an eight-hour slumber.

That’s a classic symptom of Sleep Apnea. “You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.” (See the definition of Sleep Apnea on the Mayo Clinic website.)

Who won the Battle of the Snorers?

As it turned out, both of us snored – one more loudly, another with higher incidence of Sleep Apnea.

We’re awaiting full results and recommendations. But I’m pretty sure that there is unwelcome news in my future; I’m afraid that I’ll be getting a jump start on New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and exercise.

Find It!

Capital Region Sleep Wake
1220 New Scotland Road
Slingerlands, NY 12159
(518) 439-4326
Website: www.capitalregionsleepwake.com

Disclosure: The exceedingly slim and good-looking Dr. Foyt is my husband, and one of the specialists at Capital Region Ear, Nose, & Throat.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Ads March 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Hi Sandra

I didn’t know that these places even existed. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Its good to know that if you have a snoring problem you can be studied to see if you have any underlying issues.

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