Category Archives: Snoring

CPAP Therapy and Longer Life for Sleep Apnoea Patients

Great news for the millions of people who are undergoing continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy using a mask.  An 11-year study indicated that the use of CPAP mask was directly linked to a 62% decline in the odds for death.

The study was led by Dr. Quentin Lisan and conducted at the Paris Cardiovascular Research Center.  Dr. Lisan said that the benefit was sustained even after factoring the usual co-morbidities of sleep apnoea such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Previous studies regarding the connection between CPAP therapy and longevity was not established since those clinical trials were simply too short.… Read More...

Sleep Apnoea: Risk Factors During Pregnancy

In a recent study done by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States, it was found that older pregnant women who are overweight and who snore have an increased risk of developing interrupted breathing or sleep apnoea. The study was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and endorsed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

According to NICHD’s Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch’s Uma Reddy, M.D., the study opened the door for very affordable means to screen and test large numbers of women who are at a higher risk of developing sleep apnoea during pregnancy.  … Read More...

Different Types of Sleep Study

Polysomnogram (PSG), commonly known as sleep study, is a dedicated method to monitor the various physiological changes in the body while one is sleeping.  This type of study helps sleep doctors investigate and diagnose sleep disturbance that occur during sleep.  These sleep disturbances may be medical conditions that cause daytime sleepiness and tiredness, disrupted sleep, memory lapses, lost of concentration and other comorbidities that are linked to lack of sleep.

PSG is a non-invasive procedure. The sensors used may cause minor skin irritations to some but the discomfort is insignificant.  Comfort and safety of patients during the testing are ensured as trained and qualified staff are on duty during the diagnostic test.… Read More...

Didgeridoo Playing: An alternative Sleep Apnea Therapy?

Generally, CPAP therapy is the best and hassle-free method to treat mild to severe sleep apnoea. Other standards for treating obstructive sleep apnoea include APAP and biPAP therapy, surgery and dental devices. Alternative treatments include weight loss, special exercises, positional therapy, yoga and other natural remedies that are taken orally.  Recent studies indicate that playing the didgeridoo is an alternative OSA treatment.

What is a Didgeridoo?

Didgeridoo is a 4 to 5 feet long wood wind instrument indigenous to Australia. Its origin dates back some 4,000 years. It is unlike other woodwind instruments as it is played not by using the lungs but with the movement of the tongue, lips and vocal cords. … Read More...

Sleep Study: What is it?

Sleep study is the best method to determine if a person has a sleeping problem or sleep apnoea. A sleep test is more commonly associated with polysomnogram. This is a non-invasive, overnight sleep test that will monitor a patient’s sleep pattern while hooked up to an EEG machine that will monitor a patient’s sleep stages, and REM and nonREM cycles. A sleep study will also indicate the patient’s blood oxygen, eye movements, breathing and heart rates, body movements and snoring.

A sleep study is not only a test to determine sleep apnoea but also periodic limb movement disorder, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, REM sleep behavior disorder and other nighttime behaviors such as somnambulism or sleep walking.… Read More...

Understanding Mixed Sleep Apnoea

There are three different types of sleep apnoea and they are obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and mixed sleep apnoea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA is caused by complete or partial blockage of  one’s airways when sleeping. During sleep a person’s throat muscles relax causing the fatty tissues of the throat, and the tongue to fall back into the person’s airways thereby blocking airflow. This is the apnea event and when this happens, the air flow is restricted causing diminished blood flow into the brain. The brain partially awakens and prods the body to breathe. This event is followed by snoring or gasping or choking  sounds as the person breathes deeply to overcome the obstruction.… Read More...

Can Sleep Apnoea Cause Death?

People with untreated sleep apnoea can die in their sleep not directly due to the sleep disorder, but due to grave changes or alterations in their cardiovascular system. Studies indicate that deaths rooted in sleep apnoea usually happen at night. However, sleep apnoea death does not happen overnight.

Scientists concur that people with severe yet untreated sleep apnoea are more at risk of sleep apnoea death.  Studies indicate that people with sleep apnpoea are 3 times more likely to suffer congestive heart failure or stroke and the die, compared to patients without sleep apnoea but are afflicted with the same health problems.… Read More...

Sleep Apnoea and Hearing Loss

Sleep apnoea is a sleeping disorder where a person exhibits shallow breaths or pauses in breathing during sleep. Common comorbidities of sleep apnoea include: type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, obesity, metabolic syndrome, acid reflux, liver problems, and adult asthma. A sleep study done in the United States indicated that loss of hearing could be linked to sleep apnoea.

Hearing Loss and Snoring

Arteriosclerosis is a disease in the blood vessels that supplies the inner ear.  Chronic loud noise or excessive vibration can also damage the nerves of the ear. In this connection, can loud snoring caused by sleep apnoea increase the risk of hearing loss?… Read More...

Tongue Exercises to Improve Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The tongue is a muscle and like all muscles, relaxes while a person sleeps. The tongue plays an important role in breathing and even while relaxed should not pose as a problem as long as its size is normal. However, when a large tongue relaxes during sleep, it has the tendency to collapse and fall back down to one’s throat. This occurrence can lead to episodes of obstructive apnoea which can prove to be dangerous to a person’s health and subsequently, life

There are actually tongue exercises one can do to lessen the negative effect of obstructive sleep apnoea. A study done by the American Journal of Respiratory and Clinical Care Medicine indicated that OSA patients who did throat and tongue exercises showed a decrease in neck circumference, slept better as they snored less and attained a 39% reduction of their sleep disorder.… Read More...

Sleep Related Breathing Disorders

Sleep disorders may involve difficulty breathing during sleep and is classified as sleep related breathing disorders. The most common type of this disorder is obstructive sleep apnoea and its variations.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a sleep disorder that causes a person to stop breathing during sleep due to blockage in the airway. The airway becomes blocked several times an hour, and this limits the amount of oxygen that reaches his lungs. The person usually snores and makes choking noises as he breathes. As the brain and body lacks oxygen, the person wakes up hundreds of times per night.… Read More...