Is someone snoring?

Have you ever hear someone snoring?
Many of us used to and still suffer from snoring whether
yourself or from someone sleeping beside you. But do you know what is snoring and what is the effect of snoring on yourself?
• Snoring is vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases, the sound may be soft, but in most cases, it can be loud and unpleasant.
• The vibrations that cause snoring are caused by turbulent airflow through narrowed airways.
• Snoring may be a problem for family members and sleeping partners of the snorer.
• Snoring is affected by the stage of sleep, sleeping position, and the use of medications and alcohol.
• Snoring also may be a sign of an underlying medical problem.
• Treatments for snoring are both nonsurgical and surgical.

Who is snoring?
Any person can snore. Even person who do not regularly snore can be snoring after excessive exercise, illness, after drinking alcohol, or when taking some medications.
We frequently think of a large man with a thick neck as a snorer. But in fact a thin woman with a small neck can snore just as loudly. In general, as people get older and as they gain weight, snoring will worsen. People who snore can have any body type.

Why is snoring a problem?
Snoring sometimes can be the only sign of a more serious problem. People who snore should be evaluated to be certain that other problems such as sleep apnea, other sleeping problems, or other sleep related breathing problems are not present.

If the snorer sleeps and breathes normally, then snoring is only a problem for the snorer’s bed partner or family members. In fact, snoring often disrupts the sleep of family members and partners more than it affects the snorer. Frequently, partners of snorers report leaving the bedroom (or making the snorer leave the bedroom) many nights per week.

Medical issue with snoring?
Habitual snorers can be at risk for serious health problems, including obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea creates several problems, including:
• Long interruptions of breathing (more than 10 seconds) during sleep caused by partial or total obstruction or blockage of the airway.
• Frequent waking from sleep, even though you may not realize it.
• Light sleeping. People with obstructive sleep apnea sleep lightly to try to keep their throat muscles tense enough to maintain airflow.
• Strain on the heart. Prolonged suffering from obstructive sleep apnea often results in higher blood pressure and may cause enlargement of the heart, with higher risks of heart attack and stroke.
• Poor night’s sleep. This leads to drowsiness during the day and can interfere with your quality of life.
• Low oxygen levels in the blood. This can lead to constricted bloodvessels in the lungs and eventually pulmonary hypertension.
• Chronic headaches.
• Obesity.
• Daytime sleepiness and fatigue.

Take care of your snoring problem with sleep expert today!!!
Lab fundee team

Sankar, Veena, MD. Physiologic Approach in Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Medscape. Updated: Aug 01, 2017.

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