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Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Loud snoring can be a sign that something is seriously wrong with your breathing during sleep. Snoring indicates that your airway is not fully open, and the distinctive sound of snoring comes from efforts to force air through the narrowed passageway.

The warning signs of OSAS are:

In Adults

  • Loud snoring, The snoring may be subtle or it could be so loud that it can be heard rooms sway.

  • Snoring interrupted by pauses ending in gasps are also strongly suggestive of sleep apnea.

  • Falling asleep at inappropriate times, such as at work, at the movies, or while driving.

  • Inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, depression, and impotence in men maybe related to sleep apnea.

  • Headaches and dry mouth upon awakening.

  • Frequent nighttime urination or even bedwetting.

In Children:

  • OSAS may be present in children who are overweight and those who have enlarged tonsils and adenoids.

Children with OSAS may:

  • snore or "squeak" during sleep

  • appear to have difficulty breathing during sleep

  • sleep fitfully

  • have daytime hyperactivity (sleepy children often become fussy and overactive rather than appearing to be sleepy).

  • Older children who have OSAS may have learning difficulties in school.

It is not normal for a child to snore loudly every night and if he or she does, they need medical evaluation of their snoring.

 

How to Sleep Well

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