Sleep Disorders in Spartanburg & Greer, SC
Snoring is common. Almost half of adults snore at least occasionally.
Forty-five percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally, and 25 percent are habitual snorers, which may be considered a sleep disorder. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight persons, and it usually grows worse with age. Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe, creating hoarse or harsh sounds. Snoring is an indication of obstructed breathing. Therefore, it may be considered a sleep disorder and should not be taken lightly.
The noisy sounds of snoring occur when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. This area is the collapsible part of the airway (see illustration) where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula. Snoring occurs when these structures strike each other and vibrate during breathing.
In children, snoring may be a sign of problems with the tonsils and adenoids.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep?
Sleep apnea occurs in two main types: obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax, and central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Additionally, some people have complex sleep apnea, which is a combination of both.
To Learn More about Sleep Disorders...
- Why am I so sleepy... Could it be sleep apnea?
- Sleep Apnea- Fact or Fiction?
- 8 Hidden Dangers of Sleep Apnea
- Could Your Child Have Sleep Apnea?
- What’s your Snore Score™?
- Living with CPAP
- The Ins and Outs of Oral Appliance Therapy
- Tips for a Better Night's Sleep
- VIDEO: Dr. Fritz Butehorn explains Sleep Apnea
For more information on Sleep Disorders or Sleep Studies in Spartanburg or Greer, SC, please contact either our Spartanburg office at (864) 582-2900 or our Greer office at (864) 699-6970. For more information on our office locations, please visit our office page.