Snoring And Sleep Apnoea

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Snoring And Sleep Apnoea

The Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Clinic at Columbia Asia Referral Hospital Yeshwanthpur offers complete solution for snoring and sleep apnoea problems.

Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures due to obstruction of air movement through the respiratory passages during sleep. The sound ranges from soft to loud and unpleasant. Snoring may be the first sign of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). It affects approximately 40% of men and 25% of women, as men have narrower air passages than women. Older people are more prone to snoring.

Why does snoring occur?

  • A weak throat (due to an inherent cause, alcohol or drug consumption) causing the throat to close while sleeping
  • Wrongly positioned jaw due to jaw clenching
  • Fat accumulation in and around the throat
  • Obstruction of the nasal passages
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Tongue falling backwards when sleeping on the back
  • Cleft palate and enlarged adenoids
  • Nasal problems like a deviated nasal septum or sinusitis

Effects of snoring

  • Sleep deprivation leading to daytime drowsiness, lack of libido and inability to focus
  • Studies have shown a distinct co-relation between snoring and heart attacks / strokes.

What is sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnoea, one of the causes of snoring, is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires medical treatment. It is a breathing obstruction, causing a transient dip in the oxygen supply to the brain. One stops breathing for periods of more than 10 seconds at a time during sleep. The person wakes up to breathe normally and then goes back to sleep. This causes a sleep deficiency and the person suffers from fatigue and sleepiness during the day.

When to see a doctor for snoring

Snoring may be a sign of something serious. You need to see a doctor if:

  • You snore loudly and heavily and are tired during the day
  • You stop breathing, gasp or choke during sleep
  • You fall asleep at inappropriate times, like during a conversation or a meal