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.
Causes of snoring and sleep apnea:
The following conditions can affect the airway and cause snoring:
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