A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP

What Is Snoring?

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Snoring is a noise produced during sleep, occurring when you either inhale or exhale through your nose and mouth at the same time. The noise is made by the palate and the uvula flapping as you breathe. The flapping sensation worsens when the size of the breathing passageway decreases due to obstruction, inflammation, or an anatomical narrowing

Snoring and Your Weight

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Snoring can also be caused by weight gain. When you put on a few extra pounds, you may notice it in your face, belly, and legs, but your size is also increasing in places that are less obvious, including your nose, throat, and tongue. As you gain weight, you are also building layers

Snoring Remedies

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The good news is that you do not have to snore. Snoring can be completely controlled. There are many easy-to-follow solutions so that you and your entire family will sleep better. The options range from the least invasive lifestyle changes to surgery. I would recommend that you work down the ladder until your snoring is remedied. What’s more, if you properly treat your CAID

Lifestyle Changes

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While you are working toward losing weight - or if weight loss has been achieved or deemed unnecessary - and you continue to snore, the second set of treatments are habitual or lifestyle changes. First, I always recommend to my patients who snore that they change their

Appliances and Dilators

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If you have a history of nasal obstruction stemming from any of the branches of CAID, you can try this low-cost solution: a nasal dilator. These breathing strips are sold over the counter and do not require a prescription. The strip is placed on the outside of the nose, helping the narrowest part of the airway dilate. The breathing strips create a tent, widening the nasal valve, thereby opening the nostrils and the nasal valve area so that the air passage

Medications

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If you have difficulty breathing through your nose during the day, your CAID treatment may improve your nighttime snoring. However, if you
can breathe comfortably during the day, and your only problem is at night when you are lying down, then you may have a borderline nasal! obstruction that

Surgery

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If your snoring does not resolve with simple measures, I recommend that you speak with an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) physician who spe - | cializes in snoring. More drastic cases may require surgery, which will enlarge and stabilize the airway by stiffening the palate. Some forms of surgery can be performed in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia

Sleep Apnea

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Some habitual snorers feel incredibly fatigued, and often find themselves falling asleep during the day. They may unwittingly fall asleep during even the shortest car rides, while watching a movie, or even during business meetings. These same people may have difficulty falling asleep at night or wake up repeatedly to go to the bathroom.

If you are experiencing

OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

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Sleep apnea is caused by two distinct problems. In the first rare form, the brain does not relay the message to breathe. This is called central apnea and is caused by an excessive loss of muscle tone following a neurological problem in the brain. This form of sleep apnea is related to narcolepsy (an extreme condition of excessive daytime sleepiness coupled with the sudden loss of voluntary

THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF OSA

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If you or someone you know suffers from CAID, snores regularly, and has one or more of the following symptoms, it may be OSA. Symptoms will get worse with age and weight gain:

Memory loss Migraine headaches Morning headache Poor judgment or concentration Prostate problems Restless sleep Sexual dysfunction Uncontrolled diabetes

GERD AND SLEEP APNEA

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may also be connected to sleep apnea. In an important study by the American College of Gastroenterology, it was found that patients with sleep complaints, but without heartburn symptoms, still suffered episodes of nighttime acid reflux. In a separate

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

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Luckily, sleep apnea is both easily identified and effectively treated. The most important first step is to keep a sleep diary for 2 weeks. The sleep diary will help your doctor determine your sleeping patterns. Every morning, write down what time you went to bed, what time you got up, how many times you awoke during the night, and if you felt rested when you woke up. At the end of the day, note if you took any naps during the day.

With

PARTICIPATING IN A SLEEP STUDY

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If your doctor believes that you have sleep apnea, he or she will suggest that you participate in an overnight sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram. The polysomnogram is the only accurate way to determine your condition. It charts your brain waves, heart beat, arm and leg movement, and breathing patterns as you sleep.

You will not feel any pain

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

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CPAP

If you are diagnosed with OSA, the most common treatment is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The CPAP machine is no more than a generator connecting a hose to a mask, which you wear to sleep. The treatment works as air is forced out of the generator

MEDICAL TREATMENTS FOR SLEEP APNEA

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Like snoring, OSA is linked to increased weight gain, and there are several medications that can help bring your weight, and therefore your sleep apnea, under control. The medical therapies we previously discussed can open up your airway, possibly relieving your sleep apnea as
well. If you are experiencing constant fatigue, lack of motivation, or difficulty concentrating,

SURGICAL TREATMENTS FOR SLEEP APNEA

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There are various forms of surgery to treat sleep apnea. Of the treatments that have been mentioned for snoring, the Pillar procedure can also improve mild to moderate sleep apnea. If this does not work, you may want to try the LAUP procedure. Some physicians will perform the LAUP procedure for sleep apnea without even trying the Pillar procedure. However,

This initial hit of inflammation would probably lead you to believe that you had come down with a simple cold.