Differences between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring is a commonly asked question among snorers. Sometimes, loud snoring is only caused by the vibration of tissues in the airway. Other times, sleep apnea is involved in causing a partial or complete physical blockage of the airway while sleeping. In some other cases, OSA is accompanied by snoring but other times can occur with no signs of snoring at all. If you are looking for solutions to avoid snoring, click here to know more about those options.

You have to be aware of the differences between snoring and sleep apnea before ordering a device

What is snoring?

Simple snoring is the result of an obstacle to air flow to the passage at the back of your mouth and the back of your throat. Your body to oxygen will try to force air flow through these passages. Snoring occurs when the tongue and the upper part of the throat meet the uvula and the soft palate, vibrating and striking each other while trying to breathe. Suffering from poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue, the use of antihistamines, alcohol, sleeping pills, obstructed nasal cavities and an excessive throat tissue bulk, are some of the common causes of snoring. Habitual snoring occurs in 40% of adults over the age of 40. Overweight adults and children snore more because there is fat tissue in the neck and throat area which narrows the airway.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a dangerous situation, and it happens when a snorer´s body mostly experiences a lack of oxygen, causing pauses when breathing for at least ten seconds. There are three different types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: It occurs when the air is obstructed or collapsed, this is the most common type of sleep apnea.
  • Central sleep apnea: It occurs when breathing stops while sleeping, and is caused by the failure of the brain when sending the appropriate signals to stimulate the muscles that control breathing.
  • Complex sleep apnea: This is a simple combination of both, central and obstructive sleep apnea.

It is crucial to try your best to remedy the problem before it gets worst. There are several methods for stop snoring such as snoring devices.

These are some of the symptoms of sleep apnea

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (falling asleep while driving or at other unacceptable time)
  • Morning headaches
  • Lack of energy
  • Pauses in breathing
  • Loud snoring
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritability or depression
  • Dry mouth or a sore throat in the morning

If sleep apnea is left untreated for too long, it can result in such problems as an abnormal heart rhythm or high blood pressure, as well as heart failure and death. Once you have gone to the doctor, you can ask him if it´s safe to use a snoring device depending on your situation. If you were diagnosed with OSA, this video explains the process of sleep apnea in your throat and some other signs that might reveal if you have sleep apnea.