Sleep apnea snoring is different from regular snoring. Although snoring is a good indication that you may have sleep apnea, there is also a big chance that you might not have the condition. In this article, you will get to know the distinction.
True, sleep apnea and snoring come side by side. However, to absolutely make sure, and to dispel the panic alarm, there are a couple of things you must know.
We often think of snoring as a funny, embarrassing, or annoying occurrence when we and others sleep. Despite these perceptions, we must delve deeper into the science of snore. In this way, we will better understand why this occurs.
Snoring By Definition
Regularly, when we are awake, the flow of air in and out of our nose and mouth are steadily regulated. This is why we only hear sounds of inhaling and exhaling. This changes when we sleep.
When we sleep, the back of the mouth tends to narrow in size. When this happens, it is more likely for tissue to come in close proximity of each other. Due to this, these tissues tend to vibrate. When vibration occurs, the sound of snoring is the result.
There are other factors behind snoring. Here are those factors:
- Narrowing of the nasal passage
- Narrowing of the throat
Contrary to popular belief, the size of the neck has nothing to do with snoring. A petite woman can very well snore just as loud as a relatively large (not necessarily fat) man, with a large neck.
Sleep Apnea And Snoring
Sleep apnea snoring is different from regular snoring. The problem begins when the person snoring suddenly stops for a few seconds, and his or her chest stops moving. When this happens, there is a pause in breathing.
Breathing pauses are called apneas. This is when there is a need to be alarmed. Pauses in breathing will restrict oxygen from the blood, and a number of complications can come out of this.
There are other factors that contribute to sleep apnea snoring. Here are those factors:
- Facial features
- Head features
- Structures in the throat, mouth, and nose
There is one way to be definitely sure if you have the condition or not. This is through a polysomnography or a sleep test. This device gathers data when we sleep, and is the definitive method of diagnosis.
Snoring may be a sign that you might have the sleeping condition, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have it.
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