If you spend the night snoring instead of sleeping, you are more likely to fall asleep behind the wheel than non-snorers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Snoring may seem like a common condition, but for sleep medicine professionals, snoring may be a warning sign of more serious health risks.Sleep apnea is a condition where someone will stop breathing for periods of 10-20 seconds repeatedly throughout the night. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include high blood pressure, weight gain, daytime sleepiness and snoring.
Prolonging medical attention could increase the chances of future serious medical troubles, but Debra Shafer, supervisor, Alvarado Hospital Sleep Center, said, "Better education in sleep disorders prevents the risk of injury or serious illness."
She recommends anyone with one or more of the following symptoms should seek consultation from his or her primary care physician or ask for a referral for a sleep study. Symptoms include waking up with a dry throat, occasionally waking up with choking or gasping sensations, lack of energy during the day, restless sleep patterns, forgetfulness and/or recurrent insomnia.
For more information on sleep disorders, visit our Sleep Center page or call 1-800-ALVARADO (1-800-258-2723) or 619-229-7000.