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Does your spouse snore? Everything you need to know/Here’s how you can help

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D.
Michael Layland, M.D.

Snoring does not just affect the individual who snores; the spouse/partner may not be getting their best sleep, either. For the snorer, this may be an indication of sleep apnea. For the partner, the snoring may be annoying and prevent them from staying asleep. The lack of good sleep for both individuals puts them at a higher risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, anxiety, and mental exhaustion.

A consult with your ENT physician can solve the problem. Snoring can indicate sleep apnea, or periods where the snorer stops breathing during the night. Sleep apnea is often the result of blocked airways or structural problems in the throat. Other indicators of sleep apnea include:

  • gasping for air during the night
  • feeling drowsy during the day
  • dry mouth or sore throat
  • irritability
  • difficulty concentrating
  • memory problems
  • morning headaches

An ENT evaluation will involve an exam of the anatomical nose and throat structures and, possibly, a sleep study. The appropriate recommendation will be made based on the evaluation. Sometimes, a CPAP machine or Inspire surgery is recommended. The CPAP machine works to help open the airway for easier breathing. Our own ENT physician, Dr. Michael Layland, is an expert in Inspire technology. Learn more about the Inspire technology today! (link to our inspire/ENTC page).

Finding solutions for your spouse’s snoring is a huge step towards helping you get a great night’s sleep. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, please schedule an appointment with us today so we can determine the underlying cause and create a treatment plan. Schedule your appointment at the Ear, Nose, and Throat Center today. Call 847-685-1000

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