Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea - What's the difference?

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea - What's the difference?

He gasps, he snorts, and he takes a breath! He probably has sleep apnea. (It can also happen to women.)

You've probably heard the speech signals. It's also scary. If you've ever lay next to someone with sleep apnea and literally that person stops breathing - it's scary!

Apnea is an act that holds the breath for a long time, very much as divers do when exploring the shallow seabed without the aid of air tanks. Sleep apnea is the condition of involuntarily holding the breath during sleep. It occurs in the same region of the throat and can be accompanied by very high snoring, but the difference is that the throat is completely blocked during sleep, sometimes lasting from a few seconds to a few minutes, causing the sleep's sleep and suddenly waking up in the middle of the night, gasping for air . This can happen several times during sleep.

Snoring - The actual high snare sound is created as a soft palette and uvula vibrates. Ulula is the small fleshy skin that hangs down the back of the neck. From the physics we know that any fast moving air will try to raise and vibrate the objects in its path; Therefore, voluming airflow passing through the nose or mouth causes this high, intense vibration. It is irregularity in the air movement when it is not consistently smooth, causing the occasional vibration of the soft palette. National Sleep Foundation Research suggests that about 44% men and 28% women sneak and this snoring affects their bed partners. When someone sneaks high and constantly every night, it is considered chronic snoring. Sometimes snoring occurs only occasionally and may be due to excessive fatigue, overcoating, sleep on the back, excessive alcohol consumption, etc.

Obstructive sleep apnea - Obstructive sleep apnea on the other hand is where the patient's breathing stops for a short time - anywhere from 10 seconds to one minute. The first sins that trigger the appearance of it are weight gain, aging and losing muscle tone, but this can also occur in younger people without the typical trigges. In a home setting, this is often misdiagnosed, as it is often followed by high snoring, but snoring does not have to occur for the person to have apnea events. When the throat muscles relax during sleep, the trachea collapses. This then prevents oxygen flow. When the oxygen level of the blood decreases, the brain finally kicks in and says, "Hi, it's time to give me oxygen," so it wakes you up enough to tighten the upper respiratory tract and open your trachea. This results in a huge intake of air and causes snarking and gasping, literally for breathing. This pattern can repeat hundreds of times through the night and the one who is suffering is never wiser. That's why it's so important to monitor your daily behavior and how you feel. My husband suffers from very mild apnea events and he can always tell when he has had a "bad" night because his throat tends to be tender the next day, and he is very tired and groggy on awakening. If left untreated or untreated, it can lead to intense irritability and depression, such as morning headache, loss of sex and decreased cognitive function. There may also be an increased risk of high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Millions of people have sleep interrupted by this disturbing medical condition ... and millions go undiagnosed. This extremely common sleep disorder is one that definitely needs medical attention. It is diagnosed by spending a night or two in a sleeper lab connected to polysomnographic equipment that monitors your heartbeat, respiration and brainwave activity.

When sleep apnea is diagnosed, the common solution is to sleep with a CPAP mask (continuous positive airway pressure) across the nose and mouth. It provides controlled flow of air through the nasal passages, preventing your air tube from closing. For milder cases of it, will learn to sleep on its side often correct the situation. Extreme solutions involve surgery to correct structural deformities. All solutions must be discussed with your doctor.


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