Almost everyone snores occasionally, right? While this may be true, the fact that a large percentage of people snore shouldn’t undermine the seriousness of the condition. Snoring occurs when tissues within the soft palate vibrate and the condition is permanent in most cases. Factors such as respiratory health, allergies, and even your sleeping position can all play a role in whether or not you snore. In the case that snoring is temporary, the condition isn’t one to worry over. However, in some patients, snoring is a chronic condition that does not go away. In these cases, snoring may be a symptom of a very serious condition: sleep apnea.

No one is immune from sleep apnea. While some people may be predisposed to the condition, such as people who are overweight or obese, but it’s important to keep in mind that anyyone can suffer from sleep apnea, even athletes. Most athletes are pretty fit and healthy. However, they too can suffer from sleep disorders like sleep apnea.

Just recently Shaquille O’Neal was diagnosed with the condition. After Shaq’s girlfriend realized he was not only snoring on a nightly basis but also not breathing at certain times throughout the night, she encouraged him to undergo a sleep study where he was positively diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Chronic snoring is a very serious condition despite the vast number of people who neglect seeking out treatment for it. Since snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, it’s important that patients seek proper medical help to get a diagnosis. Patients who snore on a nightly basis may have sleep apnea and untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health problems in the future, including stroke and organ failure. While not all patients’ snoring is caused by sleep apnea, having a diagnosis makes treatment much easier.

If you have been positively diagnosed with sleep apnea or if you’re seeking help to end your chronic snoring, Dr. Berry is just the person you need. You can count on Dr. Berry for sleep apnea treatment that will allow you to sleep safely and soundly at night. Don’t let your chronic snoring continue to be a problem. When your snoring is properly treated your nights and days will improve drastically. Contact Dr. Berry online or call (303) 691-0267 today to get started!