Snoring, Breathing pauses, Apneas

Snoring is caused by the upper airway obstruction. It is most common when sleeping on the  back (supine). The significant obstruction causes pauses in breathing and pauses in snoring and apneas.  Sleep apnea is a medical disorder causing several (even hundreds) of breathing pauses during sleep.  Pauses may last from 10 to more than 60 seconds.

Sleep apnea is disturbing your sleep and causing  tiredness (fatigue, somnolence, hypersomnia, sleepiness, falling to sleep). Moderate to severe sleep  apnea is also a risk factor for several medical conditions, see here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_apnea

 

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The diagnosis of sleep apnea is typically based on a sleep study, sleep recording of breathing,  snoring sound, air flow, blood oxygen saturation, and sleeping position. Sleep apnea is classified  mild if you have apneas less than 15 per hour, moderate with 15 to 30 and severe with more than 30  pauses per hour. Most often the diagnosis is based on single night study.  Most common sign and symptom of sleep apnea is the loud snoring with pauses, periodic snoring. This is disturbing  and is detected by the spouse. Frequently there are both heavy continuous and periodic snoring during a  single night.

The most common mild and moderate sleep apnea is position dependent. The apneas are  present mainly or only when sleeping on your back (supine). The positional therapy of snoring and  sleep apnea is based on changing the position when lying on your back to sleeping on the side. This helps to breath without pauses.

SnoreTracker mobile app is recording the snoring sound during sleep. It detects snoring, heavy  snoring and snoring with pauses due to apneas. It gives you a smart alarm if there  are snoring or snoring with breathing pauses (apneas) when sleeping on the back. It allows you sleeping on the  back if there is no significant snoring. You should make SnoreTracker study for several nights to  see if there is snoring, heavy snoring, snoring with pauses indicating apneas and to see if the  disturbances are only or mainly when sleeping on the back.

There are sleep apnea subjects with only mild snoring or no snoring at all. If you have symptoms or findings of sleep apnea you should contact your doctor for medical assessment.

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