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Both snoring and sleep apnea are common conditions that can have a profound effect on the lives of those who have them, and the lives of the people they live with. Houston Sinus & Allergy has helped hundreds of people to stop snoring and fix their sleep apnea, and get the sleep they need.
Snoring is a noise produced during sleep that originates in the back of the throat or nose. Snoring occurs when the muscles in the back of the mouth, tongue and throat relax while sleeping, which narrows or blocks the airway. Breathing causes your uvula (soft palate) to vibrate and knock against the back of the throat, resulting in the snoring sound.
Causes of snoring include:
Other contributing factors to snoring are obesity, some medications and alcohol consumption before bedtime.
Snoring can also be a sign of a more serious problem, known as obstructive sleep apnea. With sleep apnea, the relaxed muscles at the back of the throat cause the throat to close, which stops breathing, typically from 20 seconds to up to three minutes. Most sleep apnea sufferers experience this cycle of snoring, apnea and awakening five or more times a night. Sleep apnea has a higher incidence among people age 40 and older, people with a family history of snoring and in postmenopausal women.
Getting enough sleep is vital for everyone. Without allowing your body to rest and recharge, you’re not able to properly function to your full potential during the day. More importantly, a lack of sleep can be dangerous.
Because it disrupts the normal sleep pattern, sleep apnea can make you feel tired, slow your reaction time, and lead to confused thinking and memory loss.
In addition, sleep apnea can cause:
Sleep apnea is diagnosed through a physical examination with particular emphasis on weight, blood pressure and airway constriction in the nose, throat and lungs. In many cases, a sleep test will be recommended at a sleep laboratory. The sleep test monitors 16 different body functions while you sleep and can help identify the exact cause and severity of the sleep apnea.
First, some tips: simple techniques for alleviating mild apnea are to sleep on your sides (not on your back) and to avoid alcohol or sedatives before bedtime.
In mild cases: treatment may consist of nasal decongestants, inhaled steroid preparations or oral mouth devices that force the jaw forward to prevent the tongue from falling back and constricting the throat.
In more difficult cases: your doctor may prescribe a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). This device straps onto your face and generates pressurized air, which helps keep your airway open during sleep.
In severe cases: surgery may be called for to open the airway, including a tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy or deviated septum repair.
Dr. Nguyen is a national expert with over a decade of experience in treating sleep apnea. At Houston Sinus and Allergy, snoring and sleep apnea can usually be treated in-office using the newest technology and the latest treatments. Our practice has won numerous awards, including being voted the Living Best of Reader’s Choice Award in 2015.