Snoring Causes, Risks, Prevention and Treatment

Updated: Jun 29

Are you struggling to get a good night's sleep? Do you find yourself snoring loudly or waking up frequently throughout the night? It is a common problem and a symptom of partial upper airway obstruction which can lead to complete airway obstruction, which is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). According to SingHealth, about 15% of Singaporeans have OSA*. Snoring and sleep apnea can disrupt your sleep making it hard to get through the day.




Causes of Sleep Disorder


Sleep disorders can be caused by a variety of factors:


· Sleep Apnea: One of the most common causes of sleep disorders is sleep apnea, which is characterized by periods of time where the patient stops breathing during their sleep. This can lead to sleepiness during the day, as well as other health problems.


· Environmental Disruption: Another common cause of sleep disorders is sleep disruption, which can be caused by stress, noise, light, temperature, noise, light, bed comfort, electronic distractions or other environmental factors.


· Medical Conditions: This type of sleep disorder can also be caused by medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease or depression. In some cases, sleep disorders may also be caused by medications or other substances.


What are the Risks


Sleep apnea and snoring can have serious consequences if left untreated. It is a condition in which a person stops breathing for brief periods during sleep leading to:


· Oxygen deprivation, which can in turn cause difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and mood swings.


· Increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.


Snoring, on the other hand, is a condition in which a person makes a loud noise while breathing during sleep. While it may not seem like a serious problem, it will disrupt the sleep patterns of those close to you and also hurt your own sleep quality at night.


Both can be treated with lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, sleeping on your side, or with medical interventions, such as CPAP machines or oral appliances. if you think you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, it's important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.


How to Prevent


If you or your partner snores, you know that it can be more than just a nuisance. Aside from keeping you both up at night, it can also negatively impact your sleep quality and overall health. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent and get a good night’s rest.


· Change Your Sleep Position: If you sleep on your back, gravity can cause your tongue and soft palate to collapse into your throat, obstructing your airway. Sleeping on your side can help to prevent this from happening. Some people find that propping up their head with an extra pillow also helps.


· Change Your Lifestyle: Making lifestyle changes such as losing weight and quitting smoking can also help improving sleep. These changes are good for your upper airway health which in turn can improve overall sleep quality.



What are the Treatments


If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and even death. On the other hand, when you snore, this can disrupt your sleep and cause daytime fatigue.


There are a number of different treatments available:


· Sleep study followed by CPAP therapy: A sleep study or sleep test can be conducted at home or at a sleep lab to diagnose the sleep condition. Once this issue is diagnosed, the most common treatment option is CPAP therapy. This involves using a CPAP machine to deliver a gentle stream of air pressure to the throat, which keeps the airway open and prevents snoring.


· Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the underlying cause.

However, in most cases, CPAP therapy is an effective treatment that can significantly improve your sleep quality.




The Air Station is the Solution


The Air Station sleep study is quick and easy. You'll be hooked up to a sleep test device for one night, and our device will pick up certain signals to tell us the severity of your sleep apnea. We'll then translate that into a report so you can consult a doctor to get the treatment you need.


Don't suffer from sleepless nights any longer. The Air Station can help you get the treatment you need to get a good night's sleep. Contact us at (65) 6265 5608 to learn more about our sleep study process and how it could help you get the rest you deserve!

The Air Station

11 Lorong 3 Toa Payoh

#01-13 Jackson Square (Block B)

Singapore 319579


Tel: +65 6265 5608 Website: WWW.THEAIRSTATION.COM


* Source: https://www.singhealth.com.sg/patient-care/conditions-treatments/snoring-obstructive-sleep-apnoea-osa


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