Ear, Nose and Throat
) can help you to determine the source of your
. Snoring may be a sign the more serious condition known as
obstructive sleep apnoea
). A sleep study (polysomnogram) is often used to confirm OSA. OSA is characterized by multiple episodes of breathing pauses greater than 10 seconds at a time, due to upper airway narrowing or collapse.
patients may experience 30 to 300 such events per night. Factors that increase the risk of OSA include: shape of the palate or airway; large tonsils and adenoids in children, weight. OSA may lead to tiredness, leg swelling; depression; and hyperactive behaviour, especially in children. Untreated obstructive sleep apnea increases the risk of developing heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and many other medical problems. Continuous positive airway pressure
is a common treatment.
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