Why do I Snore?
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Snoring Treatment in Bangalore
Why do I Snore? / What causes snoring? Is it Dangerous?
We all have grown up thinking the person who snores has the best Sleep. However medically, snoring can be a sign of dangerous condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
What causes snoring is a question that can be answered multiple ways. From an anatomical standpoint, snoring is caused by a partially closed upper airway (the nose and throat). Everyone’s neck muscles relax during sleep, but sometimes they relax so much that the upper airway partly closes and becomes too narrow for enough air to travel through to the lungs.
Why do some people snore and others don’t?
Those who have enlarged tonsils, an enlarged tongue or excess weight around the neck are more prone to snoring. And structural reasons like the shape of one’s nose or jaw can also cause snoring. The snoring sound itself is a result of the narrowing of a person’s airway, which causes a throat vibration and the snoring sound. No matter the reason, 40% of normal adults snore regularly,1 whether they realize it or not.
(1 )Ohayon MM et al. Snoring and breathing pauses during sleep: telephone interview survey of a United Kingdom population sample. BMJ. 1997;314:860–3.
Snoring may be a sign of a more serious condition known as sleep apnea (OSA). In case if its sleep apnea, Then It is DANGEROUS
What is Sleep Apnea?
In most cases snoring is a warning sign of Sleep Apnea. The condition is far more serious than obnoxious snoring. Patients with sleep apnea actually stop breathing in the middle of the night.
Excessive daytime drowsiness
Chronic loud snoring
Waking suddenly in the middle of night short of breath
Consistently struggling to fall asleep at night
Problems staying focused and paying attention [BP]
The most common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea. This condition is caused when the airway collapses or is briefly obstructed during sleep, resulting in a sharp intake of air and a loud snoring sound.
If you experience any combination of the symptoms above, we recommend doing a Home Sleep Study or consult a sleep specialist to determine if you have sleep apnea.
Types Of Sleep Apnea
The upper airway could become blocked due to:
- the muscles around your airway relaxing too much during sleep, which blocks sufficient air from getting through. This narrow airway causes a vibration in your throat, which creates the sound of snoring.
- the weight of your neck narrowing the airway
- inflamed tonsils, or other temporary reasons
- structural reasons, like the shape of your nose, neck or jaw
Social, Medical and Work problems associated with Snoring/OSA
- Snoring can make the snorer an object of ridicule and can cause the bed partner to experience sleepless nights and fatigue.
- Serious marital problems which include spouse opting to sleep separately due to snoring.
- Research has found Sleep apnea to be one to the reasons Motor Vehicle accidents.
- People with sleep apnoea have Decreased libido
It disturbs sleeping patterns and deprives the snorer of adequate rest, which can lead to serious, long-term health problems.
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Weight gain
- Complications with medications and surgery
If you have any concerns that you may have any type of sleep apnea, Have Home Sleep study done or consult our sleep specialist for further action.
- High incidence of absenteeism and sick leave
- High incidence of presenteeism[Showing for work tired with low productivity]
- Low productivity at work/Poor work performance
- Suddenly falling asleep during important meetings
- Poor concentration at work
- Impaired memory
How to get Sleep Test Done
- If you have trouble sleeping if you snore or suspect that you have sleep apnea, it’s important to take those signs seriously and follow these simple steps:
- Recognise your symptoms.
- Take our Sleep Apnea Quiz to see if you’re at risk
- Talk to our Sleep Specialist about your sleep condition
- Take Home Sleep Test as advised by sleep specialist
- Take up treatment for sleep apnoea
Home Sleep Test
These sleep tests can be done at home right in your bed itself without full night presence of a Technician. Home Sleep Tests are very convenient.
For assisting in the tests, a Technician would visit your home along with a portable sleep lab machine. Such portable sleep lab machines are comparable to the size of a large smartphone. Either technician sets up the machine at night or teaches you to set it up yourself before going to sleep. These are simple machines and can be disconnected in the morning.
Generally, the cost is between 5k to 10k depending on the level and kind of study.
Hospital Sleep Lab Test
Such tests are conducted in Hospital's Sleep Lab during the night under the monitoring of a Medical Technician. For HOSPITAL sleep lab tests the patient has to book and take an appointment, wait for the "turn" and get admitted in the Hospital for one night and may have to spend part of a day too.
Hospital Sleep Lab machines are large complex machines. The only technician has to set up the machine at night for the patient before he going to sleep. These are complex machines and should be disconnected in the morning by technician only.
Generally, the cost is between 15k to 20k.
Hospital Based Sleep Lab Tests
Home Sleep Tests
For conducting these tests, prior appointments have to be taken which may vary from few days to few weeks for Hospital admission.<
Hospital sleep lab tests may cost 15k to 20k, depending on type of tests and Hospital room costs. Consultation and travel costs will be extra. And, in most cases, the patient has to take 1-2 days off from work.
The results will give various parameters like snoring frequency, effects of snore on the patient etc. The results of Home sleep tests will give definite result as to whether the patient is suffering from OSA [Obstructive Sleep Apnea] or not.
For almost 80- 90% of the Patients, Home sleep tests are sufficient. After seeing the test results, the Sleep Medicine Doctor can take a decision as to whether further tests are required or not.
Preparing For A Sleep Study
Also, avoid drinking any alcohol. You do not want any substance to affect your sleep.
Try not to take any naps that day.
Before doing a test, wash your hair with shampoo only. Dry your hair and do not apply any hair sprays, oils or gels. Remove any nail polish from your Index Figure. If used, they could interfere with the sensors during the study.
Should I take my medication as usual?
It is vital that your sleep specialist is aware of any medications that you are taking. This includes both prescription and non-prescription drugs. He or she should even know if you are taking common cold medicines or pain relievers. Certain drugs can affect your sleep and the results of the study. You may need to gradually stop taking some medications in the days leading up to a sleep study. Your doctor will let you know if this is something you need to do. Do not stop taking any prescription medication without first talking to your sleep specialist.