Sleep Related Topics

Sleep and Wellness
Sleep Apnea
Snoring Is Not Funny
Not Enough Sleep
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
What Is Parasomnia?
Sleep and Children
Sleep Hygiene
Sleep Study Procedure (PSG)
CPAP Titration
Actual Sleep Study

Snoring Is Not Funny

Snoring occurs frequently in the adults and to some extent in children.  It is more common in men than women.  Different cultures look at the snoring in different way, but in general snoring has been a subject of jokes and at times embarrassment, which is followed by the patient’s denial or blaming the other partner.

In order for us to sleep at night, air has to flow through our nasal cavity, our throat to the lungs without any obstruction.  Most of snoring, unlike what people think, has nothing to do with the nose.  95% of snoring is related to narrowing and turbulence of air  around hypopharynx. That means snoring is in the throat area not in the nose.  This tunnel which starts from the nose and ends in the voice box is made of many passages, tunnels, tubes, and there are many components that play a role in shaping this pathway.  Any partial obstruction or impediment in the passage of air at night has the ability to create turbulence of the air which the end result is snoring.

Snoring is a sign, like chest pain is a sign.  It implies that the air does not flow in a smooth fashion to the lung. Snoring, unlike the cardiac chest pain most of the time is benign. But it is a warning sign and it gives us  a notice long time before significant other sleep problems develops.

Some studies have indicated that up to 50% of adult patients with snoring will ultimately develop hypertension.

In our practice because of the social stigma, we generally go through other symptoms of sleep disorders such as sleep obstruction with sleep apnea before we ask about the snoring.

When you stop breathing at night and airflow completely stops (apnea) snoring goes away.  So, snoring occurs when there is some passage of the air associated with turbulence.

If you have a snoring and you are overweight, have symptoms of hypertension, frequent urination at night, daytime symptoms of tiredness, fatigue, lack of concentration at work, you are at a high risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea and a consultation with a sleep center is a must.

With new advances in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea using a CPAP machine, oral appliances, and surgery, these symptoms can be affectively treated.  This can minimize the future cardiac diseases such as heart attack, hypertension, and other heart diseases as well as stroke and other medical disorders, and your bed partner also will get quiet sleep after all.

So, snoring may be a funny to some people, but for us it is a warning sign we take it seriously, especially if other symptoms exist, and with a simple evaluation and treatment the patient will achieve a desirable result.

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