Sleep Disorders and Sleep Apnea

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If you have a nasal obstruction that is more permanent on one side of the nose (e. g., a septal deviation, a nasal polyp, or scar tissue), you might find that you invariably choose to sleep with this side of the face closest to your pillow. Your nose will naturally become more congested because you are lying down, which is why people often complain that they are more congested at night. This congestion can lead to snoring. While you might not notice that you snore, your spouse or partner certainly does.

Chronic sinusitis and nasal obstruction can lead to sleep apnea, a condition in which you might stop breathing for a few seconds while you are sleeping. When this occurs, the heart does not get the proper concentration of oxygen. As a result of the apnea, these patients no longer get the rapid eye movement (REM) sleep they need, thereby compounding their fatigue. As stated earlier, there is strong evidence that sleep apnea is often referred to as a silent killer and is one of the causes of heart disease and stroke.

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