Snoring may be an embarrassing problem that only causes sleep deprivation for the snorer and their partner but may signify a more serious medical condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when the narrowing in the asleep airway is more severe causing periods of breath-holding (apnoeas). Apnoeas cause a reduction in the oxygen circulating in the body and the resultant stimulation of the brain causes wakefulness. Multiple episodes of wakefulness throughout the night cause daytime somnolence (difficulty staying awake during the day). Long term, OSA increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and possibly diabetes.
OSA is diagnosed by polysomnography (PSG, sleep study). Clinical evaluation including endoscopy of the nose and throat is essential to diagnose if there is a reversible cause to the blockage depending on site or level (nose, palate, tongue, throat). Simple things may help including weight loss, avoidance of sedatives including alcohol, elevating the head of the bed and sleeping on your side.
Snoring is a common problem, more likely in men than women and in particular in the overweight. When a constriction occurs at the back of the throat, breathing causes vibrations in the soft tissues of the tongue and soft palate which are heard as snoring.Some people breathe heavily when they sleep. Others make a soft whistling sound, and still others snore loudly.Snoring is common—as many as 45% of people snore sometimes, and 25% snore almost all the time.
If your snoring is due to sleep apnea the best treatments available is:
Surgical intervention – coblation assissted for widening the airway. Surgery is purely coblation based and there is no cuts and wounds outside.
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