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How can snoring and obstructive sleep apnea cause sleep problem?

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Snoring occurs when airflow is limited and the soft tissues in the back of the throat vibrate. While snoring is annoying and causes poor sleep, it can be a symptom of a more serious sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA involves severe narrowing of your airway. Your lungs do not get enough fresh air, so the brain wakes you up just enough to catch your breath and unlock the air passage. If you snore loudly or have excessive sleepiness, talk to your doctor.

From: Common Sleep Disorders in Teens WebMD Medical Reference

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Carskadon M, Rechtshaffen A. in WB Saunders, 1989.  Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine.

Lewy A, Wehr T, Goodwin F, et al, 1980.  Science,

Walters A, Hickey K, Maltzman J, et al. 1996;  Neurology

National Sleep Foundation.

Hysing, M. , Feb. 2, 2015. BMJ Open

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

SOURCES: 

Carskadon M, Rechtshaffen A. in WB Saunders, 1989.  Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine.

Lewy A, Wehr T, Goodwin F, et al, 1980.  Science,

Walters A, Hickey K, Maltzman J, et al. 1996;  Neurology

National Sleep Foundation.

Hysing, M. , Feb. 2, 2015. BMJ Open

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

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