Snoring vs Sleep Apnea

It is a well-known fact that about 45-50% of people snore sometimes and about 1 in 5 snore all the time. Snoring can be annoying to your partner but for some, there can be a serious health concern that needs to be checked out.

Snoring can be a sign of obstructed sleep apnea, which is a common medical condition where a person will stop breathing for at least 10 seconds or more per night. However, not every snoring case is sleep apnea. That’s why it is important to understand the differences and similarities between sleep apnea and snoring, let’s take a look.

Sleep apnea explained

There are technically two different types of Sleep Apnea. There is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA… and Central Sleep Apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep and can also be caused due to an underdeveloped upper and lower jaw. These episodes are called apneic events. A noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring.

Central sleep apnea (CSA), the less common version, is more complicated in that the brain shuts off and restarts breathing at intervals.  It’s different from obstructive sleep apnea, in which something physically blocks your breathing.

But you can have both kinds together, called mixed sleep apnea. Recent research suggests that some people with obstructive sleep apnea develop central sleep apnea as a result of using CPAP machines. –Mayo Clinic, Jun 25, 2019

Sleep apnea can affect a person’s life in so many different ways. Clearly, sleep apnea hinders a person’s ability to get a good night sleep, which causes havoc on the person’s daytime activities like work and family life. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase our risk of health problems, including; headaches, worsening ADHD, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart failure.  It has also been linked to obesity and loss of brain matter.  Sleep apnea is not a problem to be taken lightly.

Snoring explained

Snoring during sleep indicates there is an obstruction of the free flow of air through the mouth, nose and airway passage. In the airway area, the tissues, the tongue and the upper throat are collapsible. This is when this area will fall back toward the throat as you sleep and cause an obstruction that results in snoring. At this point the tongue and upper throat fall back and meet with the uvula and soft palate. When breathing, they come together and touch, causing a vibration, or snoring.

Snoring can be a big indicator of sleep apnea and breathing disorder and needs to be check out by a Doctor. Most commonly, snoring is an indicator that the person has sleep apnea, which can be diagnosed by a board-certified sleep physician. Snoring does occur more in males and overweight people, and it worsens with age.

Children who snore may indicate a problem with tonsils and adenoids, but studies have shown that it could be underdeveloped upper and lower jaws. Research done by Dr. Robert S. Corruccini concluded that a soft diet or processed foods increase underdevelopment of the upper and lower jaws and creates malocclusion or crooked teeth.

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When a person has an underdeveloped upper and lower jaw, they will typically have crowded and crooked teeth, which means there is not enough room in the mouth for the tongue. When there is not enough room in the mouth for our tongue, we will breathe through our mouth, which causes our tonsils and adenoids to swell and also allows for our tongue to fall back to our throat while we sleep, causing us to snore. Please understand that snoring is not a normal behavior, it can be something more serious.

Either way, a child who snores should be examined by a specialist. Some cases are as simple as removing the tonsils adenoids, yet others may need further growth and development to correct the problem.

The breakthrough

Snoring is way more common than we may think.  The studies have shown that the true underlying cause of snoring is disrupted sleep caused by obstructed airway, also known as obstructed sleep apnea. It is important to look at the signs that go with snoring, which are mouth breathing, dark circles under the eyes, coughing or choking during sleep or sleeping in odd positions. The good news is that if your snoring is caused by an airway issue there is a permanent solution.

By working with a specialist at Nexisom Sleep Wellness Centers, we can create a custom diagnosis and a solution for your or your airway issue.  This means that there will be no more sleepless nights and you will have an opportunity to comfortably enjoy a restful and quiet nights rest.

The benefits of the breakthrough

Many studies have been made that enable technology to treat sleep issues that cause snoring, ADHD and even bed wetting. The typical treatments available today treat the symptoms only, without a permanent solution.  The Nexisom airway treatment works fast and the best news is that it is not just masking the symptoms. Results are seen within days or weeks and the problem can often be resolved completely within twelve to eighteen months.

The biggest difference

One of the biggest reasons this treatment is unique is because of the combination of technology and personal attention. Our team of experts recognizes how important it is to give each case special attention.

First, through a combination of technologies, we help diagnose the root cause of the problem. Second, we use a team of experts, led by our own Dr. Robert Schaffer to come up with a custom solution.  Our team works together to find the root cause of your snoring problem and find the solution to make it possible for you or your family to permanently stop snoring..

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