The Physiology of Snoring and Sleep Apnea
People with sleep apnea struggle with sleep because the tissue in the airway becomes so relaxed that it collapses leading to a blockage in the airway. A blocked airway causes a sleeping person to choke and gasp for air—sometimes hundreds of times a night.
Snoring is the sound that’s made when air is being forced through the airway. Imagine the poor quality of sleep you’re getting if your breathing stops for as long as ten seconds all throughout the night. No wonder you’re snoring and coughing throughout the night.
If you have sleep apnea, the next day you may experience:
- Poor concentration
- Memory problems
- Confusion (brain fog)
Those results of sleep apnea make for a very miserable day. So, you go to bed that night thinking you’ll surely sleep well because you’re barely able to function, yet the same pattern happens again. Another night of poor-quality sleep. Some people suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea for years or even decades before seeking help from an Anchorage, Alaska, sleep apnea dentist.