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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

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Whether you call it by its slang name, "sawing logs," or its medical name, "stertor," snoring is common. You snore when something blocks the flow of air through your mouth and nose. The sound is caused by tissues at the top of your airway that strike each other and vibrate. Many adults snore, especially men. Snoring may increase with age.

However, snoring can also be a sign of a serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea. This means you stop breathing for periods of more than 10 seconds at a time while you sleep. Sleep apnea is serious, but there are treatments that can help. Children can also have sleep apnea. If your child snores frequently, have your health care provider check for sleep apnea.

Here are some tips for reducing snoring:

  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Cut down or eliminate alcohol and other sedatives at bedtime
  • Avoid sleeping flat on your back
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that can be serious. In sleep apnea, your breathing stops or gets very shallow. Each pause in breathing typically lasts 10 to 20 seconds or more. These pauses can occur 20 to 30 times or more an hour.

The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea. That means you are unable to get enough air through your mouth and nose into your lungs. When that happens, the amount of oxygen in your blood may drop. Normal breaths resume with a snort or choking sound. People with sleep apnea often snore loudly. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.

When your sleep is interrupted throughout the night, you can be drowsy during the day. People with sleep apnea are at higher risk for car crashes, work-related accidents and other medical problems. If you have it, it is important to get treatment.




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1 Recruiting The Effects of Obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Inflammation and Heart Disease
Conditions: Sleep Apnea Syndromes;   Inflammation
Interventions: Behavioral: Weight Loss Program;   Device: CPAP
2 Recruiting Effects From a Mandibular Repositioning Appliance in Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Conditions: Sleep Apnea Syndromes;   Snoring;   Disorders of Excessive Somnolence
Intervention: Device: Mandibular repositioning appliance, adjustable
3 Recruiting Enabling Sleep Apnea Patient-Centered Care Via an Internet Intervention
Condition: Sleep Apnea Syndromes
Interventions: Behavioral: i-PAP;   Behavioral: Usual Care (Standard Care)
4 Recruiting Sleep Apnea and Tromboembolic Disease
Conditions: Sleep Apnea Syndromes;   Venous Thromboembolism
5 Recruiting Cardiovascular Phenotype Study in Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Conditions: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome;   Hypertension
Interventions: Device: Positive airway pressure treatment;   Other: No positive airway pressure treatment
6 Recruiting Systemic Inflammation and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome: Effect of Atorvastatin
Condition: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Interventions: Drug: Atorvastatin treatment;   Other: CPAP treatment;   Other: sham CPAP treatment
7 Not yet recruiting Cow's Milk Allergy in Infants With Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Condition: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Interventions: Dietary Supplement: Non milk or soy based formula;   Dietary Supplement: milk based formula
8 Recruiting Assessment of Ambulatory Polygraphy in the Detection of Sleep Apnea in Multiple System Atrophy (SAMSA)
Conditions: Sleep Apnea Syndromes;   Multiple System Atrophy
Interventions: Device: Polysomnography;   Device: ambulatory polygraphy
9 Not yet recruiting Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease
Conditions: Sleep Apnea;   Cardiovascular Disease
Interventions: Device: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP);   Other: Standard care
10 Recruiting Continuous Positive Airway Pressure to Improve Milder Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Conditions: Lung Diseases;   Sleep Apnea Syndromes;   Hypertension
Interventions: Device: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP);   Device: Sham CPAP device
11 Not yet recruiting Improving Obstructive Sleep Apnea Management Via Wireless Telemonitoring
Condition: Sleep Apnea Syndromes
Interventions: Behavioral: Self-management;   Behavioral: Telemonitored care
12 Recruiting Continuous Positive Airway Pressure in Sleep Apnea Syndrome: Effects on Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiac Damage
Conditions: Sleep Apnea Syndrome;   Metabolic Syndrome;   Cardiac Remodelling;   Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Ventilation
Interventions: Device: continuous positive airway pressure ventilation;   Behavioral: dietary and life style recommendations;   Behavioral: dietary and life style recommendations
13 Recruiting Cytokine Profiles in Children With Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Condition: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Intervention: Procedure: tonsillectomy
14 Recruiting Oxidative Stress and Endothelial Dysfunction in Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Conditions: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome;   Endothelial Dysfunction;   Oxidative Stress;   Intermittent Hypoxia;   Cardiovascular Risk
Interventions: Device: CPAP device;   Device: Placebo device
15 Recruiting Treatment of Patients With the Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome at Altitude
Condition: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Intervention: Drug: acetazolamide
16 Recruiting Effectiveness of Auto-Adjusted Continuous Positive Airway Pressure for Long-Term Treatment of Sleep Apnea
Condition: Sleep Apnea, Obstructive
Interventions: Device: constant CPAP devices;   Device: automatic CPAP devices
17 Recruiting Efficacy of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure in Reducing Oxidative Stress in Individuals With Sleep Apnea (The SASS Study)
Conditions: Sleep Apnea Syndromes;   Oxidative Stress;   Cardiovascular Diseases
Interventions: Device: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP);   Device: Sham CPAP
18 Recruiting Mechanism of Action of Fluticasone Furoate in Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
Condition: Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS)
Intervention: Drug: fluticasone furoate
19 Recruiting The Study of Skeletal Muscle Function in Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Condition: Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Intervention: Behavioral: exercise training
20 Recruiting Autonomic Function in Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Condition: Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Intervention: Other: continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)

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