Snoring - symptoms
Snore makes a vibrating, rattling, noisy sound while breathing during sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea is an extreme form of snoring in which your upper airway closes while you are asleep, causing an obstruction that prevents you from breathing for a brief period.
Signs and Symptoms of Snore
Consult your doctor if you snore and have any of the following symptoms or signs:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness with napping that often does not fully rest the person.
- The soft tissues of the throat, your soft palate, and the tongue collapse onto the back wall of the upper airway, forming a blockage that prevents air from entering your lungs.
- The negative pressure of inhaling pulls harder on your soft tissues, sealing the airway even more tightly.
- To breathe and get air to your lungs, you must awaken or arouse slightly and create tension in your muscles—including the tongue and throat—and open the airway.
- If you have sleep apnea, you begin snoring, then stop breathing for at least 10 seconds (apnea). The apnea temporarily quiets the snoring, after which you awaken with a large snort. This pattern occurs in 95% of people with sleep apnea.
What Are the Health Risks Associated With Snore?
Habitual snore can be at risk for serious health problems. Obstructive sleep apnea is an illness that is often associated with chronic snore. This chronic snore condition creates several problems, including:
- Long interruptions of breathing (more than 10 seconds) during sleep caused by partial or total obstruction or blockage of the airway.
- Frequent waking from sleep, even though he or she may not realize it. Serious cases can have total blockage episodes hundreds of times per night. Therefore it may be more than just a nuisance and a cause of daytime sleepiness.
- Snorers with obstructive sleep apnea sleep lightly to try to keep their throat muscles tense enough to maintain airflow.
- Blood oxygen levels are often lowered, which causes the heart to pump harder and blood pressure to rise. The result is a poor night's sleep, which leads to drowsiness during the day and can interfere with the persons quality of life. Untreated, persistent snoring may raise your lifetime risk of developing such health problems as diabetes, high blood pressure and even heart failure and stroke. In children, snoring may increase their risk of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).