Tackling Snoring and Sleep Apnea in the New Year
Resolve to Get a Better Night's Sleep in 2015
Each January marks the dawn of new personal goals -- for fitness, self-improvement, relationships and more. Surprisingly, one very simple resolution is often overlooked despite the dramatic impact it can have upon a person’s quality of life. It’s one that spawns positive effects like improved concentration, increased energy and reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. These benefits (along with many others) are all effects of getting more sleep at night. Fortunately, unlike some other New Year's resolutions (think: expensive gym membership or that tuition bill for returning to school) there is no cost or negative side effects.
Getting proper sleep will make you feel better, be healthier and live longer
A resolution to get more sleep at night is a good goal for everyone to set. A better night's sleep will help you live a more productive life -- regardless of your gender, age or occupation. But in particular, it's a goal that those suffering from snoring and sleep apnea should especially take to heart. This resolution may extend to those loved ones who are living with a chronic snorer and suffering the effects of "second-hand snoring".
If any of the following statements ring true, it is likely that snoring and sleep apnea are disrupting your sleeping hours:
- I am excessively sleepy during the day on a regular basis.
- I wake up feeling like I’m gasping for air or choking.
- I suffer from recurring headaches in the morning.
- I have trouble concentrating during the day.
- I have high blood pressure.
Sleep apnea can be identified by a number of other symptoms as well.
What's important to understand is that snoring is not just a sound, it's a symptom. It can be a sign of sleep apnea, which is a serious medical condition. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options that can significantly improve, if not entirely eliminate, the condition. That not only means more sleep, but better sleep, and a better quality of life. The first step to getting the care you need is scheduling an appointment with a doctor who specializes in treating sleep disorders. Concerned about costs? Diagnostic testing and treatment for sleep apnea is covered by most insurance providers, further underlining the fact that it’s a significant health condition that requires medical care.
So as we set out in 2015, keep in mind the often overlooked (yet crucially important) resolution to get a better night's sleep. There is no simpler investment you can make that will have such a positive effect on your life.