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Snoring Is Very Common
What Is Snoring?
What Are The Symptoms Of Snoring?
Snoring is often associated with obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder that causes the soft tissues at the back of your throat to relax during sleep. When this happens, the tissues can collapse until they block your airflow completely. Your brain senses the sudden lack of air and forces you to wake up and gasp for air (which often results in a choking or gasping sound), and this process can repeat as often as hundreds of times throughout a single night. However, these episodes are over so quickly that you may not remember any of them in the morning.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder. Snoring happens as a result of the narrowed airway and the gasping during those brief moments of wakefulness.
Other symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea apart from loud snoring include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Headaches in the morning
- Chronic fatigue
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain at night
- Sore throat
- Mood changes (depression, irritability)
- Decreased libido
Many people with sleep apnea are unable to get a truly restful night of sleep because the sleep apnea episodes prevent them from reaching REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the most rejuvenating stage of sleep. Sleep apnea lowers blood-oxygen levels due to hours of ineffective breathing, which is why it can lead to lower energy and psychological symptoms like difficulty concentrating. We also need healthy sleep in order to get the most out of our immune system and manage stress.
Sleep Apnea Risk Factors
Anyone could have obstructive sleep apnea associated with loud snoring, but there are several risk factors that make it more likely:
- Excess weight: fat deposits around the upper airway can obstruct breathing.
- Advancing age: sleep apnea becomes more likely with age until it levels off in our 70s
- Narrowed airway: some people inherit naturally narrow airways or have large tonsils or adenoids that contribute to blocking it
- High blood pressure (hypertension): both a symptom and a risk factor
- Chronic nasal congestion: those who have nasal congestion at night are twice as likely to have sleep apnea
- Sex: men are two to three times more likely than (pre-menopausal) women to have obstructive sleep apnea
- A family history of sleep apnea