Snoring disorder

Snoring is a sleep and breathing disorder. It is the loud or harsh sound that can occur when the breathing passage is partially obstructed by a narrowing of the upper airways. Snoring may be a common occurrence for many individuals. It can be relatively harmless but can also be a warning sign of underlying sleep disorders.

Snoring occurs due to the turbulence of air flow through an obstructed nasal passage and / or the vibration of collapsed soft tissues within the throat. The snorer is rarely aware that he or she snores. But snoring is bothersome to the bed partner and others in the family and can cause a major problem in personal relationships. The loud snoring prevents nearby people to be able to have a fitful sleep cycle.

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. In children, snoring may be a sign of problems with enlarged tonsils and adenoids

  • What factors contribute to snoring ?

    Age – As we age, muscle tone in the tissues of the throat is reduced causing tongue to fall backwards into the airway

    Weight Gain / Obesity – Increase in fat, especially around the neck, may compress and narrow the airway

    Abnormal Nasal anatomy – Such as deviated nasal septum and nasal polyps

    Allergies – Respiratory allergies or cold or sinus infection causing stuffy or congested nose

    Throat conditions – such as elongated soft palate, enlarged tonsils or adenoids

    Menopause – In women neck and throat muscles get lax, leading to increased incidence of snoring

    Relaxants – such as alcohol, sleeping tablets, muscle relaxants can cause an increase in snoring

    Smoking – smoking may contribute to snoring by producing excess mucus, which causes the membranes in the throat to swell and restrict air passages

    Sleeping Habits Sleeping on your back can cause your tongue to drop to the back of the mouth. Sleeping on your side can improve your snoring.

  • What are the effects of snoring

    • There is a spectrum of snoring, On one end is Benign Snoring wherein a person who snores occasionally and is able to go through the normal full night cycle of sleep.
    • The other end of the snoring spectrum is when snoring is a sign of a true medical condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
    • Loud snoring is more of a social issue , the snorers bed partner or family member has to listen to the racket and is most likely not sleeping well
    • Untreated snoring may increase a person’s risk for the development of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
    • There is a higher risk for high or uncontrolled blood pressure, heart problems, sleep deprivation, mental and emotional problems like irritability, depression,

    At 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.

  • How do I know if I am a snorer ?

    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” ie the bed partner or family member suffers from health effects of sleep deprivation.

  • I Snore, do I have Sleep Apnea ?

    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 the 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