The quality of sleep you get on a daily basis has a strong influence on your general health. However, there are many sleep disorders that we know about that can adversely affect the amount and quality of sleep you receive everyday. One of the major culprits behind bad sleep quality is a condition known as upper airway resistance syndrome, also known as UARS.

What is UARS?

UARS is a disorder where the resistance to air in the upper airway causes trouble breathing normally and in turn disrupts the sleep cycle. When left untreated it can lead to severe cases of insomnia. Though the situation is often compared with OSA or obstructive sleep apnea, there are several distinguishing factors as well.

How can you tell if you’re suffering from UARS? Here are a few indicators that you can look for to help figure it out:

  • You find yourself waking up tired on a daily basis and suffer from a lack of energy throughout your day.
  • You suffer from loud snoring that keeps anyone nearby awake throughout the night.
  • Eventually, as the sleep is disturbed it might also lead to abnormalities in blood pressure, headaches, and other such external symptoms.
  • The obstruction in the airway might be caused by the presence of fat cells. There might also be a case of infection or other conditions leading to the narrowing of the air passage. UARS might even occur without being accompanied by snoring.
  • Your brain activity reduces while you are sleeping, but those with UARS may experience an even greater reduction in brain activity due to the obstruction of air. It is a common occurrence in both men and women, and is found in many different types of people. Whether you’re in good general health or a little overweight, there’s still a chance that it may affect you at some point in time. When left untreated, it might eventually lead to other sleep disorders and even OSA.

Ways to Address UARS Issue

If the resistance is caused by allergies that result in the swelling of the air passageway then certain medications can be prescribed to help tackle the allergies and solve the problem.

In addition to taking certain medications, there are also a selection of specialized sleeping devices that can help enhance your breathing through the night and deliver a better quality of sleep. These devices are also known to reduce snoring. It’s a great solution for anyone who is suffering from a lack of sleep and loud snoring.

You can also adjust your sleeping position with pillows to temporarily fix the problem and improve breathing. By keeping a few pillows below the head, the air passage will expand and make it easier to breathe.

Positive airway pressure is one other popular therapy recommended for UARS. To correct blocked passages, controlled pressure is applied using a CPAP mask. This therapy has been found to show some great results, including a noticeable improvement in sleep.

If all else fails, a surgery might be recommended. Surgeries are especially required in those cases where the air passageway has to be permanently corrected.

Contact the Snore Experts

Contact the Snore Experts to learn more about UARS and the treatments available to correct it. We can help you improve your quality of sleep and enhance your quality of life.