Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS)
Snoring is caused by a resistance in the respiratory passage. People who have a snoring problem have tissues in the throat that are loose and relaxed when lying down. When the air flows through this passage, the tissues vibrate and pose resistance to the easy flow of air, thereby creating the sound of snoring.
In cases where someone’s sleep cycle is interrupted, snoring can signify a greater health problem such as upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS). It is a milder form of a disorder known as sleep apnea. However, just because this condition is not as severe as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it does not mean it can be ignored. If left untreated, UARS can eventually turn into OSA.
While OSA is a severe condition that greatly disrupts the sleep cycle, UARS is the gradual progress an individual makes towards OSA. As such, sleep is not affected as much as in OSA, although the person will have brief moments of waking due to breathing difficulty. UARS should be treated as soon as possible so that the person can get a full sleep cycle and steer clear from developing OSA.
How Is UARS Different from Normal Snoring?
Snoring is a common occurrence among many different types of people. The intensity of snoring differs from person to person. Because of the varying degree of intensity, snoring can often go unnoticed by you and your partner.
When the snoring becomes persistent, increases in intensity, and causes a noticeable disruption or reduction in your sleep cycle, there’s a chance that you’re developing UARS. If ignored, this will gradually progress into obstructive sleep apnea and cause further complications.
It should be noted that in many cases of UARS, the decrease in sleep quality can cause clinical consequences such as difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep and the constant feeling of sleepiness in the daytime while you’re at work or school.
Due to the increased effort in breathing, the brain automatically awakens the body. The waking moments will be brief, sometimes so brief that you may not even remember them. In such cases, you must pay attention to how refreshed you feel after each sleep cycle. If you notice that despite sleeping adequately, you are feeling sleepy, it may be an indication of UARS.
Why Should I Get Myself Treated?
The most important reason for getting your UARS treated is that it will eventually morph into a more serious condition like OSA. Obstructive sleep apnea has its own set of illnesses that come as a result of sleep deprivation, and you will want to do your best to avoid it. It can lead to heart disease and heart failure, strokes, blood pressure problems, and more.
How Can UARS Be Treated?
Treatment for UARS is not very complicated or intensive. If you think you have UARS, you should consult a physician so that the exact intensity of your condition can be determined. Based on the findings, your physician will suggest a change in sleeping practices, lifestyle changes, or other methods that can help your respiratory passage remain less obstructive while you are asleep.
You may also be referred certain dental appliances or a therapy known as CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), which can help keep your airways open. These are generally used in cases of OSA but can be given to you based on the intensity of your UARS.
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