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Sleep Apnea





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How Is Snoring Diagnosed?

Primary snoring doesn’t require a doctor’s visit to diagnosis. Either you or your bed partner will most likely be aware of the snoring through a poor night’s sleep, and while the actual vibrations are what cause snoring to occur, there are many external factors that can lead to a higher risk for snoring itself. Age, weight, allergies, gender, anatomy and lifestyle choices can all contribute to a higher risk for snoring. Sometimes it’s something as simple as the position you sleep in that’s causing you to snore and a slight adjustment can make all the difference. Other factors, like age and gender can’t be helped. Men are a little more likely to snore than women and the older you are, the higher your risk as well. Some allergies cause enough congestion to make snoring an unfortunate side effect, and the same is true for individuals who are overweight. Lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking alcohol in large quantities (and closer to actually falling asleep) can also lead to snoring. Anatomical reasons for snoring can include a large tongue, the tongue falling backward into the throat, enlarged tonsils, and jaw/facial abnormalities. Each of these factors can cause unstable airflow and result in the vibrations identified as snoring. Even something as simple as a nasal injury can affect your snoring risk.
What Is Snoring?

Snoring is a noise produced by a sleeping individual in which the soft palate and the uvula (the skin tissue that hangs down in the back of the throat) vibrate during breathing. It is a sign that the breathing airway is not completely open. The unpleasant and often annoying sound associated with snoring comes from efforts to force air through the narrowed passageway.
Primary snoring (snoring not caused by apnea) poses no known serious consequences, is not life threatening, and does not cause chronic fatigue in the sleeper. Snoring can, however, cause fatigue and extreme annoyance in other household members, as well as the isolation of a bed partner. It is estimated that as many as 40 percent of adults snore. The majority of snorers are men.


Snoring is a problem that can often be treated by making small adjustments to your lifestyle or with over-the-counter remedies.  Lifestyle changes might include losing weight, exercising more, performing throat exercises, quitting smoking, establishing regular sleeping patterns, sleeping on your side, elevating your head during sleep (sleep pillows), and avoiding alcohol, sleeping pills, and sedatives.  Over the counter remedies include EPAP devices (devices that use the power of your own breathing to maintain an open airway), mouth guards, nasal strips, and chin straps.

If you’re looking for over-the-counter solutions that incorporate EPAP, Theravent Advanced Nightly Snore Therapy might be a good place to start your investigation.

Breathe Right seems to be the most popular brand of nasal strips if you’re looking for a solution that you can purchase easily in a store. Nasal strips differ from EPAP products in that they focus on keeping just your nasal passage open while you sleep.

Mouthguards do the opposite of nasal strips and focus on keeping your jaw slightly open and pushed forward to increase airflow. Pure Sleep is a popular brand of customized mouthguards that have been known to help decrease snoring.
Snoring may be a sign of OSA, so we encourage you to contact one of our office to set up an initial appointment for an assessment.


Insomnia, or difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, is not very common in children. It is often behavior-related, like changing a child’s bedtime routine. Children with insomnia may be very drowsy during the day, moody, and have difficulty falling asleep if awakened during the night. Treatments for insomnia include behavioral changes, medication or therapy.


Parasomnias are sleep disruptors common in children. Kinds of parasomnia include nightmares, sleepwalking, sleep talking and sleep terror. Parasomnia can be caused by genetics, brain disorders or other conditions, such as sleep apnea. Children often grow out of parasomnia, but if not, they may be treated with medication or by a therapist.


Periodic limb movement disorder
Periodic limb movement disorderis characterized by children kicking and jerking their legs while sleeping. Causes of PLMD are not known and it is not usually serious. Symptoms include more than five unconscious limb movements in an hour, discomfort in the calves and daytime drowsiness. PLMD is treated by medication, but only if it is accompanied by conditions like restless leg syndrome or insomnia.
REM Behavior Disorder
REM Behavior Disorder can be described as a person physically acting out their dreams while asleep. It occurs during the portion of sleep that we associate with dreaming, Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. A person with this problem will often injure themselves or their bed partner by punching and kicking. Nighttime awakenings and daytime sleepiness are symptoms associated with this disorder.