A good night’s sleep is critical to good health and maintaining the circadian rhythm is vital in maintaining the metabolism of the body. This ensures that all bodily functions work in sync. Unfortunately, in today’s highly competitive world, sleep has become a luxury, and in some, lack of sleep becomes a serious problem. It Reduces the enthusiasm in life, makes the day drowsy, and the nights restless. Here, at the sleep Clinic of the Dr. Budhlanis ENT Hospital,Vertigo & Deafness Clinic doctors are well trained to detect these problems and find suitable remedies. They are capable of rectifying the cause and bringing back the zest in your life. We have some of the best facilities and surgical expertise in diagnosing and managing snoring & Obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) also called obstructive sleep apnea syndrome -- occurs when there are repeated episodes of complete or partial blockage of the upper airway during sleep. Our Sleep apnea management clinic is lead by knowledgeable and skilled panel of specialists who are admired and highly regarded for their surgical management of sleep disorder.
Snoring is perceived as an embarrassing habit, it is not often talked about.
Snoring is the sound of the soft palate and other soft tissue in the upper airway vibrating. This can include the uvula, tonsils, adenoids,pharyngeal mucosal wall. and other surrounding tissue.
These vibrations happen when air can’t pass freely through the airway which may be narrow at one or many levels causing a high negative pressure on the lateral walls of airway which causes the floppy soft tissue to flap and make noise,called as snoring.
Snoring is caused by a combination of different factors which vary from person to person. The most common reasons for snoring include:
If the snoring is disrupting the persons sleep or partner’s sleep, or has a potential to become obstructive sleep apnea, then it is problematic and needs addressing. Simple mild snoring usually does not cause any major problems.
There is no single remedy that works for all snorers. Finding a cause of snoring requires a complete evaluation of the upper airway. Common snoring remedies include:
Apnea simply means “no breathing”. Sleep apnea is a serious condition wherein the airway repeatedly closes during sleep, depriving the person of oxygen until there is an attempt by the brain to alarm the person and wakes him.
The “obstructive” part refers to the fact that airway obstruction is the reason for apnea. Central sleep apnea is a different condition whereby the brain cannot properly regulate normal breathing patterns during sleep.
Whilst loud snoring is a key sign of sleep apnea, it does not mean that the person definitely have OSA. 95% of people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) snore, but not all snorers have OSA.
How can one know he has sleep apnea?
A sleep study can be done in a specialist sleep clinic or at home. It is an overnight procedure where you are monitored to gain insight into what happens when you sleep.
You are observed with polysomnography (PSG) which simply means “many sleep measurements”. Therefore, you are connected to a variety of monitors to observe different facets of your sleep:
There are several treatment options, the most effective way to treat sleep apnea depends on the cause and severity of ones condition:
If the sleep apnea is at the milder end of the spectrum, the following lifestyle changes have the most positive impact though they are must for severity of sleep apnea .
weight has a significant influence on your likelihood of developing obstructive sleep apnea. Simply put, the heavier you are, the more likely you are to suffer from OSA. Almost 70% of patients experiencing sleep apnea are obese, and 40% of obese people are suffering from sleep apnea.
Smokers, and even passive smokers are more at risk of snoring and experiencing sleep disordered breathing.smokers are 2.5 times more likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.Quitting smoking reduces the likelihood of experiencing sleep disordered breathing . This is because smoking contributes to greater inflammation and irritation in the upper airway which predisposes it to vibration and collapse
Alcohol causes the muscles to relax – even more than they do normally when asleep. It therefore increases the collapsibility of the airway and heightens the risk of experiencing apneas.Reduction in consumption has shown good benefits inpatients with obstructive sleep apneas.
By sleeping on the back, the mouth has a tendency to fall open with tongue falling back reducing the diameter of upper airway causing obstructive sleep apnea.Sleep apnea can be reduced by switching to side-sleeping
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure and is a treatment suitable for moderate to severe sleep apnea sufferers. A CPAP device uses a mask to force air into the nose and throat to keep the airways open. CPAP does not give more oxygen. Instead, it introduces a current of normal air that creates positive pressure,this prevents airway from collapsing.
Many people are fearful of CPAP. Users can also struggle with their devices, experiencing discomfort, claustrophobia and air leakage.
Despite its scary reputation, it’s important to know that CPAP can be a life-saving tool.
Surgery is usually a last resort only when other techniques to manage sleep apnea have failed. Once a person is diagnosed with sleep apnoe, a sleep endoscopy is performed in a operation theatre to exactly find the level of obstruction. If we are convinced that the obstruction can be corrected surgical the option of surgical intervention is given.
There are many types of surgery for snoring depending on the level of obstruction.
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