Snoring Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Treatment Animation
Snoring and sleep apnea.In normal breathing, air enters the nostrils and goes through the throat and the tracheato the lungs. In people who snore this airway is partiallyobstructed by excess tissue of the throat, such as large tonsils, large soft palate ortongue. Another common cause of obstruction is the dropping of the tongue into the throatdue to over relaxation of tongue muscles during sleep. Air currents competing throughnarrow spaces in the throat cause the soft palate essentially a piece of soft tissuehanging in the throat to vibrate. This vibration is the source of the noise we hear when someoneis snoring.
Sleep apnea happens when the airway is completelyobstructed, no air can go through and the person stops breathing. This cessation ofbreathing triggers the brain to respond by waking up the person just enough to take abreath. This repeats itself again and again during the course of the night and may resultin sleep deprivation. Snoring and mild sleep apnea may be treatedwith a mandibular advancement device. This device is designed to move the lower jaw andthe tongue slightly forward and thus making the space in the back of the throat larger.
The Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea
hi everyone thanks for tuning in to eZeLiving you know a couple of webisodes ago Istarted a conversation with you on the subject of sleep apnea I experienced the symptoms but Idecided to do the research and then I checked in withBR Medical Suites with Marc Mueller and we had aconversation on this subject and here's what he had to say a lot of people don't know the difference between snoring and sleep apnea
which is why I'm here Mueller what should I be concerned aboutélook, i mean your sleep is disturbed obviously and that is already not such agood sign so if you wake up at night it's alreadya sign of sleep apnea why is that soé it is actually thedifference is snoring makes just a sound like (.) however sleep apnea is like this (.)and then you stop for a couple of seconds and then you do this (.)
take a deep breath and you fall into silent sleep maybe again maybe some periods of snoring and then it repeats again now you need to know a little bit more about sleep during sleep you are not always in the same sleep level you're going stepbystepdown to level 4 and to REM sleep level and then again to sleep level 1and the whole thing repeats
every one and a half hours throughout the night. And there's acertain cycle that we should have it is called sleep architecture that should look all very nice you know but if you are going to a sleep level, let's say sleep level 3 where you're completely paralyzed andyou stop breathing you will come into a situation
the situation is you have no oxygen yourcarbon dioxide levels go high your heart starts beating like crazyall your systems are in an alarm stageyour cortisol levels go up and then at a certain stageyour alarm bells in your brain ring and wake you up to a higher sleep level usually we are asking for something called Epworth Sleepiness Scalethere are questions like do you fall asleep when you do your office worké
when you do some reading when you haveto read a paper or soé or do you even fall asleep when you arein a conferenceé I've had patients that fell asleep duringa conference it's really embarrassing but they fell asleep in a board meeting or if you are a driver many many truck drivers have this problemthey fall asleep at the steering wheel there are tutorials that show accidentsthat happen from that