Friday, March 11, 2011

Relationship of Sleep Apnea with Snoring

Snoring is something that you really want to get rid off from your life. Snoring is also sometimes associated with embarrassment and also plays an important role in spoiling sleep of others who are around you. Many scientists and researchers working closely to identify the relationship of snoring with other sleeping disorders, and discover that the most related disorder with snoring is Sleep Apnea.

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder that cause abnormal pauses in breathing during sleep. The pause can be longer as few seconds to minutes and can happen 5 to 30 times per hour. There are two types of Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Central Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea can be treated by several ways, first thing is to avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills and in severe cases by surgery to use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).

Sleep Apnea and snoring are related with each other because during snoring the airway of the trachea does repetitive collapse and obstruction. That collapse and obstruction make vibrations and these vibrations then create audible sounds that we called snoring. In the case of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the continuous collapse of the airway actually stops and causes Sleep Apnea.

Sleep Apnea can occur in all ages even children can have Sleep Apnea. Some other factors also play an important role in causing Sleep Apnea like obesity, alcohol abuse, smoking and enlarged tonsils. In most cases Sleep Apnea is not fatal but it can be severe and also deprives the body from oxygen and cause the overall blood oxygen levels reduced. When the levels of oxygen decreased then the levels of carbon dioxide increased and cause carbon dioxide buildup that leads to heart attack or stroke.

by Ammar Zafar


  1. It is said that sleeping at different inclined elevations can ease the process of breathing; I assume that can be applied in reducing apnea. Since one of the symptoms is the narrowing of the collapsible walls of the air passages, I was wondering if medications for sinusitis, which reduce inflammation of the nasal passages could reduce apnea or snoring

    Posted by: Nelson Milano

  2. I'm not entirely surprised that snoring and sleep apnea are strongly correlated. With the way my dad snores, it's incredible that his face hasn't imploded yet. What little I know about sleep apnea I learned in psychology, and it was mostly about how difficult it can be to study sleep apnea considering invasive procedures tend to, you know, interrupt people's sleep. I guess correlational studies are pretty important for disorders that are just beginning to be understood like sleep apnea.

    Posted by Connor Finnerty