Snoring is a sound created by the collapse of the soft tissue structures of the upper airway. It happens while you sleep. Snoring can negatively affect yours and possibly your companion's sleep. It is also a potential health hazard since there can be a decrease in oxygen coming into the body while asleep.
If you snore, chances are that you may also have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) which is a more serious medical condition. OSA occurs when the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat to completely block the airway. There is a pause in the breathing and the oxygen levels in the blood drop. Sleep apnea can cause chronic sleepiness, strokes, heart attacks, heartburn, morning headaches, depression and impotence, among other complications.
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By Alvaro Ordonez, DDS
January 13, 2015