Snoring & Sleeping Apnea

Snoring is frequently caused by poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat. During sleep poor muscle tone allows the tongue is to relax fall backwards into the airway. When the tongue is too relaxed, it may restrict normal airflow and cause vibration of the soft palate, which results in snoring. Other causes of snoring includes: large tonsils and adenoids, enlargement of the neck tissues from being overweight, obstructed nasal airway and excessive length and swelling of the soft palate.

Many people who snore have a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is characterized by breathing stoppage or pauses for 10 seconds or longer repeatedly during sleep. People with apnea may spend as much as half their sleep time with oxygen levels below normal. These periods of obstructed breathing can be accompanied by irregular heart beats, high blood pressure and may cause heart enlargement. People with OSA wake up tired and are sleepy much of the day. Driving can be a danger under these conditions. Lack of proper rest may cause personality changes and the person may have difficulty thinking and concentrating.

Ask Dr. Rose Miranda-Lesniak
for advice if you suspect you have sleep apnea.