Why do I snore?

WHAT IS OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA OR WHY DO I SNORE?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea [or in layman's language called snoring] is a sleep disorder affecting men and women as a result of collapse of airway during sleep. This results in interruption of air flow to lungs. Each organ of our body and our life itself depends on supply of oxygen for wellbeing. Sometimes, the blood oxygen drops to dangerously low levels directly impacting every organ of the body. Because of this, our each organ is subjected to "mini death" hundreds of times during night.

Instead of restful rejuvenation during sleep, the heart and organs actually work harder and become more stressed. Also, the brain will wake the person from deepest sleep to allow air to flow again. While this may not wake the person fully, it will disrupt his/her sleep cycles. Because of this the sleep apnea/snoring sufferers rarely get a full night restful sleep..

HOW DO I KNOW I HAVE OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA [OSA]?


Common signs of OSA/snoring sufferers include:

  • Loud snoring [your family members will tell]
  • Gasping or choking during sleep [Often noticed by your spouse]
  • Restless sleep including change on position repeatedly.
  • Restless legs while trying to sleeping.
  • Chronic day time sleepiness and desire to take small naps.
  • Loud snoring [your family members will tell]
  • Gasping or choking during sleep [Often noticed by your spouse]
  • Restless sleep including change on position repeatedly.
  • Restless legs while trying to sleeping.
  • Chronic day time sleepiness and desire to take small naps.

Is Snoring Dangerous?


OSA/snoring can create havoc with the persons professional and personal life seriously compromising on the quality of life , work performance and health.

Medical problems with snoring/OSA


OSA/snoring is a serious medical condition which can even bring "sudden cardiac death" during sleep.

Nearly 50% of OSA/snoring sufferers suffer from one or more serious health conditions which include:

  • Hypertension [BP]
  • Diabetes
  • Increased cholesterol in blood
  • Heart diseases
  • Sexual dysfunction women Hypertension [BP]
  • GERD [a serious gastric problem]
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Day time fatigue
  • Erectile Dysfunction [Impotence in men]

Work and social problems with snoring/OSA



Serious marital problems which include spouse opting to sleep separately due to snoring.

  • 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
  • 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

Snoring Treatment - Options


After getting a confirmation on the status and severity of OSA, the treating Doctor may opt for One or many of the following options.

CPAP machines

These are external machines to be used by patients when they sleep. CPAP machines are the most popular treatments for snoring/OSA in the world. There are millions of satisfied users with CPAPs across the world. Also, there are hundreds of published medical reports confirming extension of life and improvement in quality of life after CPAP use was initiated by snoring/OSA patients. CPAP machines are simple to use and brings in improvement almost immediately to snoring/OSA patients. CPAP comes in various types and prices. There are manual CPAP which is economical and Auto CPAP which are more advanced. There are CPAP with humidifiers and CPAP without humidifiers. Also available are special CPAP which are easy to carry during travel.