Snoring, like Sleep Apnea, belongs to a spectrum of sleep related breathing disorders that can affect your sleep, health and quality of your life. Our team at NKs Snoring and Sleep Apnea centre is experienced in diagnosis of these issues and offering a tailor-made treatment based on the severity of your problems
Snoring is the loud or harsh sound that can occurs when upper airway , which is the breathing passage is partially obstructed. The snoring sound happens due to turbulence of airflow through the narrow passage and / or due to vibration of collapsed soft tissues within the throat. Occasional snoring can be relatively harmless, but, loud and every day snoring should be considered a warning sign for underlying sleep disorders.
A number of factors can contribute to snoring like weight gain or obesity, age, abnormal nasal and facial anatomy, abnormal throat conditions like large tongue, elongated soft palate, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, allergies, smoking, use of alcohol, medications like some antidepressants or muscle relaxants, smoking and many other factors. Our doctors at NKs Snoring and Sleep Apnea Center will review all the details with you to determine what could be causing snoring and discuss the appropriate treatment.
Evidence based research has shown that chronic habitual snoring can frequently be a sign of more serious conditions and can eventually lead to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Untreated and prolonged snoring can cause disturbed sleep, both for the snorer and bed partner, and also predispose to issues like high or uncontrolled blood pressure, diabetes, inflammation and also mental and emotional problems like irritability and depression. Snoring has also been reported to be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and stroke. In children, snoring may be a sign of problems with enlarged tonsils and adenoids and improper daytime breathing. At NKs Snoring and Sleep Apnea centre, we run a preventive program to diagnose and evaluate for problems associated with snoring and treat those before they become major health issues.
A person is usually unaware that he or she snores. You may wake up feeling tired and unrested. The person may have a dry mouth, sore throat or headaches upon waking up. There may be problems with excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, irritability impaired concentration, decreased libido. Frequently a disgruntled spouse or a family member is the one who points out to this problem. Similar to health problems associated with second hand smoking, " Second Hand Snorers" i.e the bed partner or family member suffers from health effects of sleep deprivation. At times you can also use Sleep Apps like SnoreLab, SnoreClock, SnoreApp, Do I snore and others to see if you snore
Not everyone who snores has Sleep Apnea, but a regular snorer has a higher risk of Apnea. The cause of snoring needs to be determined first. Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when the obstruction of air flow is more severe, leading to reduced, compromised or completely blocked air flow while trying to breath. Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea is done after a thorough an evaluation of upper airway to check for airway obstruction and an overnight sleep study. A sleep study will measure the number of times your body stops breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Doctors usually can’t detect the condition during routine office visits. Also, there are no blood tests for the condition. There is strong evidence to show that people with untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea will develop other health problems
“Snoring is a common condition that can disrupt sleep and affect overall well-being. By understanding the causes, implementing lifestyle changes, and exploring appropriate treatment options, you can effectively manage snoring and improve the quality of your sleep. If snoring persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper evaluation and guidance.”