If you are suffering from problems with snoring, the first step is to
consult with your doctor to make sure that your snoring is not a
symptom of a serious
sleeping disorder. There are several different sleeping
disorders that can manifest themselves in snoring problems.
times the person does not even know that he or she has a sleeping
disorder and will sleep through the night. These problems are often first noticed by a spouse,
and the snoring
partner will not
even realize that they have them. The only symptoms that the individual
will ever notice are feelings of excessive fatigue and lack of energy
throughout the day.
general, only a doctor will be able to diagnose whether the snoring is
a sign of a more serious problem. Still, below you will find the most
common sleeping disorders and their symptoms. If you catch your
partner or even one of your children snoring, you should immediately
the doctor to help cure the disorder and get rid of the problems with
apnea is one of the most common sleeping disorders and results in
problems with snoring. It is characterized by pauses or stops in
breathing, known as apneas, which can last for a few seconds or even up
to a few minutes at a time. This results in a lowering of the oxygen levels
in the blood which compromises the quality of sleep.
individuals with sleep apnea never no they have a sleeping disorder,
but will complain of feeling tired and having a lack of energy during
the day. Most of the time, it is the partner that will first notice the
cessation of breathing, which will then prompt a doctor’s visit and
eventual diagnosis of this sleeping disorder.
are three main types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and complex or mixed. Obstructive sleep apnea
refers to situations where breathing stops due to an obstruction of the
airway, normally associated with the soft tissue at the back of the
mouth partially or completing blocking the throat. Swelling in the
nasal passages can also be a cause of obstructive sleep apnea.
sleep apnea is caused by a lack of breathing effort, meaning
the body stops sending the signals to the brain to tell it to breathe
for a short period of time.
Obstructive sleep apnea
is by far the most common type, appearing
in over 80% of patients diagnosed with sleep apnea. It is
followed by complex sleep apnea, while central sleep apnea on its own
is extremely rare and occurs in less than 1% of cases.
is very similar to sleep apnea, and is again characterized
changes in breathing during sleeping. The difference is that in sleep
hypopnea, breathing does not completely stop, however it becomes
shallow or the respiratory rate drops to abnormally low
levels. Again, each hypopnea can last for seconds or minutes at a
symptoms of sleep hypopnea are the same as sleep apnea, and problems
with snoring are normally always present in an individual who suffers
from this sleeping disorder. Like sleep apnea, sleep hypopnea is
normally not serious enough to warrant surgery except in extreme cases,
but it can severely diminish a person’s quality of life by making them
feel constantly tired
Snoring Problems Caused by Troubled Breathing
sleep apnea and sleep hypopnea fall into a larger category of sleeping
disorders known as sleep
disordered breathing. This term refers to
sleeping disorders associated with a restriction or obstruction
airways while sleeping. While the two disorders above are the most
common sleep disordered breathing disorders, they are not the only
respiration is another form of sleep disordered breathing.
disorder, breathing goes through many crescendos and decrescendos,
where it slows down in terms of speed as well as level of breathing. It
is normally seen in patients with some form of congestive heart failure
or other heart issues.
types of sleep disordered breathing are made worse by alcohol intake or
certain medication, and are normally treated with various
although the most common is a continuous
positive airway pressure
(CPAP) unit, which forces air through the passageways during sleep.
While sleeping disorders are a common cause of problems with snoring,
snoring itself does not always indicate a sleeping disorder or other
itself can be associated with many different factors. Snoring that is
not due to a sleeping disorder is usually referred to as simple snoring
or benign snoring.
of the most common reasons for snoring is being overweight, as
restricts the air passages and results in increased snoring. Another
very common reason is a deviated septum or other issues with swollen
nasal passages. Many snoring issues are associated with a restriction
of the air passages, usually to do with a relaxation of the soft tissue
at the back of the mouth which can partially block the throat.
of this, alcohol and certain medications can exacerbate snoring by
further relaxing these muscles, allowing the tongue, soft palate, or
uvula to block the throat. Other times, snoring issues can be cause by
a long tongue or uvula, or excess soft palate tissue which again blocks
simple snoring may not be a serious medical condition, it can still
result in a lack of sleep for either the snorer or their partner, so it
is still important to try to diagnose and cure the snoring issues.
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