Snoring, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) & Sleep Apnea
Ear, Nose & Throat Consultants offers many treatment options for snoring and sleep apnea. It is important to understand that snoring and sleep apnea are part of the same disease process which includes: snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome, and sleep apnea.
Snoring, on the mild side, is a resistance to airflow during that results in noise. This noise will bother the bed partner, but otherwise does not affect the patient’s health or sleep quality.
Upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) is more severe as it also involves snoring, but the amount of resistance and noise actually affects the quality of sleep with arousals and reduced restorative sleep.
Sleep apnea is a more serious issue comprised of snoring and a reduced or complete lack of airflow caused from significant resistance. These episodes, without airflow, cause a drop in the blood oxygen and generates strain on the cardiovascular system. This creates a long list of medical issues including: hypertension, weight gain, diabetes, cardiac arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation, heart attack, stroke, dementia, as well as simply affecting your daytime performance with excessive sleepiness.
Why Sleep Is Important
Sleep is critical to our daily function and our overall health. It promotes mental and physical repair allowing you to wake up rested and ready for the day. Snoring is often perceived as a nuisance heard by the bed partner. It actually is directly linked to many serious health conditions including but not limited to apnea, pauses in breathing during sleep commonly followed by a loud gasp and/or snore.
What Can Cause Disruptive Sleep?
Sleep Hygiene plays an important role in reducing snoring and sleep apnea.
Sleep Position is very important for many patients. Sleeping on your back will often increase snoring and apnea. We can offer advice about how to enhance side or prone sleeping. Certain pillow and mattress types can also be helpful to reduce snoring.
Sedative Medications and Alcohol increase snoring and apnea and should be avoided before bedtime.
Weight Gain tends to increase snoring and apnea. A diet and exercise program can be very helpful and we can work cooperatively with endocrinologists to analyze your metabolism to assist in weight loss.
Allergy Control from our Allergy Center can reduce congestion and reduce snoring and apnea as well.
Patient Instruction Sheet for Home Sleep Test (HST)
- HOW TO VIDEO- The video is viewed in our office and can also be viewed by clicking the link on the left. Please watch the video again at home before beginning the Home Sleep Test.
- Reference the user manual in the top sleeve inside the Home Sleep Test box.
For Accurate Results
- Peel white paper from back of chest senor and stick sensor to the center of your upper chest bone, just below the front of neck.
- Strap the device to your non-dominant hand and close the wrist strap.
- Insert the finger into the probe until you feel the end. The sticker marked TOP should be on top of your finger.
- Press the tip of the probe against a hard surface, pull and remove the TOP tab completely out of the probe.
- Press firmly on the Power button until the display lights up. Next screen "Please wait Testing...". After a few seconds "GOOD NIGHT!!!" message will appear.
- You are now ready to go to sleep!
- Reference the user manual included for further information.
- In the case there is a problem, "TEST ABORTED" will appear, call the number below or call the help desk 888-748-2627.
- Do not remove the device if you need to get up during the night.
In The Morning
- Once you wake up, simply disconnect the device, place in the box and return to our office.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH THE CONNECTION OF THE HST, PLEASE CALL (248) 569-5985.