Why Do I Snore?
Snoring is a vibration caused by turbulence inside the upper airway due to the narrowness in any area of the upper airway from the nose to the throat.
The reduction in the upper airway during sleep might be caused by:
Insufficient muscle tone of the upper airway
Growth in volume of the tongue muscle or other soft tissues.
Snoring may originate from different places of the upper airway, but the tongue is found to be the most frequent cause of snoring.
Snoring is strongly correlated to sleep apnea; the sleep recording method is the only way to find out the solution.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is defined as the cessation of airflow during sleep due to obstruction of the upper airway. These periods of obstruction can become clinically significant if the cessations are frequent and occur more than 10 times per hour of sleep.
During sleep apnea, the blood oxygen levels significantly decrease due to this obstruction. This causes the brain to force the body to wake up and breathe. If these episodes frequent over 10 times per hour, it can lead to detrimental effects. Moreover, the patient can have difficulties to concentrate on work or driving, as they have not had proper quality sleep. A sleep recording is required to accurately diagnose sleep apnea.
Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
Frequent frustration or anger
Increased risk of high blood pressure, heart conditions and stroke
Increased risk of behavioural problems, such as aggression or learning problems, and depression
Increased risk of motor vehicle accidents due to lack of sleep
Weakened immune system