Snoring shouldn’t be ignored
Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep.
Why snoring should not be ignored?
It is of 2 types
1) Simple snoring which is sound distrubance to ur spouse or family members and embarrassment to u at public places.
2) Sleep apnoea – where breathing stops for few seconds repeatedly during the entire sleep.
What are the causes for sleep apnoea ?
-nasal airway obstruction like septal deviation, nasal polyps, turbinate hypertrophy.
-enlarged tonsils and adenoids in children
How Sleep apnoea affects you ?
-disturbs sleep – due to repeated awakenings
-causes daytime sleepiness – increased risk of accidents
-increases blood pressure
-increased risk of stroke
How is it diagnosed ?
Sleep test (polysomnography) done to asses various parameters of the body and to decide the course of treatment.
Obstructive sleep apnoea should be treated promptly to prevent complications.
So anyone who snores should consult ENT specialist to rule out sleep apnoea.
Dr. G. S. Reddy,
Apollo Health City, Hyderabad