SNORING VS SLEEP APNEA
Most of us find these two terms interchangeable and that’s because we are unaware of the slight difference between these two. Let’s understand it this way, all sleep apnea patients snore but only few who snore have sleep apnea. Snoring is considered to be a “symptom” of obstructive sleep apnea.
Snoring in other words is simply a sound caused by vibration during breathing and is a result of partly blocked airways either in the mouth, nose or throat on the other hand sleep apnea is when a person experiences certain pauses in the breathing pattern during sleep on a daily basis which may result in interrupted, restless and light sleep and of course loud and persistent snoring.
Ever heard of “don’t ignore the snore”? If yes, have you ever thought why is snoring problematic?
Snoring is not considered as a disease by most of the people and therefore they don’t find the need for consultation and that’s where things don’t really go in their favor.
Snoring can lead to changes in the carotid arteries present in the neck which are responsible for supplying blood to the brain neck and face resulting in carotid artery stenosis which is narrowing of the carotid artery due to cholesterol plaque formation or atherosclerosis. Snoring, on the other hand, may result in obstructive sleep apnea which may result in chronic sleep deprivation.
One main point of differentiation between snoring and sleep apnea is that snoring doesn’t really affect the quality of your sleep, your sleep is not interrupted and you don’t feel sleepy during the day time, however, for sleep apnea patients the chances of disturbed sleep during night and sleepiness and extreme fatigue during the day time is very common.
Still, feel good knowing that there is something you can to about your snoring problem.
WAYS TO PREVENT SNORING NATURALLY
CHANGE YOUR SLEEPING POSITION:
Sleeping on your back might be troublesome as it allows your tongue to rest towards the back of your throat which can block your airway. So it’s better to sleep on your side and not on your back.
The shrinkage or contraction of your airway may be caused because of the layer of fatty tissue residing in your neck or throat resulting in multiple pauses during breathing at night.
Smoking is usually linked to sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea.
Dehydration leads to the formation of mucus which would ultimately block your airways making you snore.
WARM BATH OR SHOWER BEFORE BED:
The heat from the water will open up your airways reducing congestion and will allow you to sleep better
MEDICAL CURES FOR SNORING THROUGH DEVICES:
CPAP: the best solution for snoring?
Continuous positive air pressure is a device which blows pressurized air into the mask that you wear over your nose or face and helps you breathe properly without any interruption.
Low level of radio-frequency heat is used to remove the uvula and soft palate tissues that vibrate during snoring. Local anesthesia is used and it takes about 30 minutes.
CUSTOM-FITTED DENTAL DEVICES AND LOWER JAW-POSITIONERS to Prevent Snoring:
This stop snoring device will bring your lower jaw or tongue a little forward during sleep and opens your airway. They are usually affordable and re-usable without the need for electricity, FDA cleared and can be bought over the counter legally.