Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is the hoarse or harsh sound that occurs when breathing is obstructed in some way while sleeping. Sometimes snoring may indicate a serious health condition. In addition, snoring can be a nuisance to your partner. Snoring is due to incomplete obstruction of the upper airway.
Many habitual snorers have complete episodes of upper airway obstruction where the airway is completely blocked for a period of time, usually 10 seconds or longer. This silence is usually followed by snorts and gasps as the individual fights to take a breath. When an individual snores so loudly that it disturbs others, obstructive sleep apnea is almost certain to be present.
Unlike simple snoring, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires medical attention.
The following conditions can affect the airway and cause snoring:
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