Snoring and sleep apnea - how are they related?

Snoring and sleep apnea - how are they related?

Sleep is a very important part of our lives. According to experts, we should have about 9 hours of restful sleep to "charge our batteries" so we are light, hopeful and full of energy to meet every new day. If sleep disorders interrupt sleep patterns or reduce the amount of restful sleep we receive, this will have a negative impact on our ability to function effectively the next day. Sleep apnea is such a disease, and in this article we will take a quick look at snoring and sleep apnea to see how they are related, why they happen and to discuss how they can be cured.

Snoring is indeed related to sleep apnea and it is one of the easiest symptoms to detect, it can actually often be a cause of certain fraud between partners. However, it does not necessarily mean that if you snore you have sleep apnea, but on the other hand, 99% of people who have what is called "OSA" (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), snore in this regard snoring and sleep apnea are inextricably linked.

First, let us handle what is meant by OSA. OSA refers to a condition where people have incidents where respiration persists for a short period (often longer than 10 seconds) during sleep. It interrupts your sleep pattern, eases your sleep phase, but in most cases does not wake the patient and therefore will not even be aware of the disease. To see how snoring and sleep apnea are connected, we must quickly look at the possible causes.

When the wake keeps the muscles in the upper throat the airway opens and allows us to breathe. As we sleep, these upper neck muscles sleep, but with most people, their airway is still open. However, in some people the neck area is narrower and when they sleep, they completely die and cause breathing and snoring. Sometimes their breathing stops for short periods and this is called sleep apnea.

In many cases, as mentioned above, snoring and sleep apnea can be diagnosed by your partner. It is common for a person suffering from sleep apnea that they start to sneak heavily as soon as they fall asleep. When they stop snoring for a short while, followed by a gasp, or often a high "snare", this indicates that breathing has stopped and restarted. For any partner, this can be extremely frustrating, and for apnea sufferers it will lead to excessive drowsiness during the day, because their sleep patterns are constantly disturbed, even if they do not wake up.

In order for your doctor to diagnose snoring and sleep apnea successfully and categorically, you must undergo a polysomnogram (sleep diagnosis). Other tests that your doctor may initiate include arterial blood gas analysis; and ECG (ECG) and echocardiogram and / or thyroid function analysis.

There are some things you can do, try to cure or minimize snoring and sleep apnea. These include: avoiding alcohol or taking some form of sedation near bedtime; insert a device that projects the jaw forward and weight loss. If these fail, your doctor may suggest CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). There are also a few surgical options; UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty) which removes excess tissue from the back of the neck; a tracheotomy, (very rarely done), or for children, removing tonsils.

With proper treatment, snoring and sleep apnea can be cured or controlled, but many people are not prepared to have CPAP because they think it's too invasive.

Alternative therapies include yoga, whose breathing exercises can help strengthen the neck muscles enough to prevent reducing the effects of snoring and apnea. Some people think that swapping may help, especially raising the upper half of the trunk by about 30 degrees, which can help gravity to help.

However, it is important to suffer from snoring and sleep apnea to try to cure or improve their condition because it can have serious consequences such as cardiovascular disease (sufferers are 30% more prone to heart attacks), hypertension, stroke, diabetes, clinical depression and obesity.

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