Snoring vs. Sleep Apnea: Which is it?

Snoring occasionally is normal if you are suffering from a cold or had a few drinks before going to sleep. But what if you snore regularly at night like Americans?

Many Americans suffer from snoring activity during sleep. Half of them are simple snorers or primary snorers and another half may have a serious sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Understand the difference between both conditions as they are often used interchangeably and treated incorrectly as a result.

Sleep Apnea and Snoring

Many people snore occasionally and one in four adults snore chronically. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is linked to a number of health issues including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

The Difference between OSA and Snoring

Snoring and sleep apnea are often used as interchangeable. All untreated OSA sufferers snore but a few people who snore have sleep apnea.

Snoring is just a sound caused by vibration during breathing. The vibration is caused due to the partially blocked airway in the mouth, nose, or throat.

Snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when a person has multiple pauses in breathing pattern during sleep. These can lead to other health issues, such as extreme daytime drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, depression, and anxiety.

Have a Sleep Study to Diagnose OSA

The most effective way to diagnose and treat both the conditions is to see a doctor. A doctor will look after all the symptoms before referring to a sleep specialist.

A sleep study is analysed on the basis both of how you sleep and how your body responds to issues related to sleep. These studies record your vital signs, the amount of oxygen in the blood, the air movement, brain activity, chest movements and snoring.

It will also determine the severity of your condition. The sleep study and the physical exam also consider extra-large tonsils or other obstructions.

Visit a doctor to understand your chronic snoring as effective treatments lead to improvements in health, whether snoring is caused by sleep apnea or not.

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