Do you snore?

Snoring can be more than a disturbing noise.

It may indicate that you may have an underlying sleep apnoea.

If you are snoring without sleep apnoea, often lifestyle changes or simple medical or surgical solutions will help.

What is sleep apnoea? In sleep apnoea, your breathing is interrupted leading or become shallow during sleep. This can occurs hundreds of times during sleep. The upper airway (nose, palate, tonsil & tongue base) closes up and interrupts breathing. This deprives you of oxygen until you wake up and start breathing again. Throughout this processes you may be not be consciously aware of the incidents.

Signs of Sleep apnoea

  • Loud or frequent snoring
  • Silent pauses in breathing
  • Choking or gasping sounds
  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Morning headaches
  • Nocturia (waking during the night to go to the bathroom)
  • Waking with dry mouth
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Irritability

Medical Risks of Sleep Apnoea

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Pre-diabetes and diabetes
  • Weight Gain
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Glaucoma
  • Gout

What to do

Recognise that this is a problem

Self Help

  • Lose Weight
  • Exercise
  • Avoid Alcohol, Smoking, sedatives
  • Avoid Caffeine, Heavy meals before sleep
  • Maintain regular Sleep Hours

Medical Assessment

See An Ear Nose Throat Doctor or a Sleep Specialist as soon as possible.

What will the doctor do:

  • Detailed History
  • Identify area of obstruction
  • Treat reversible causes such as allergies
  • Advise life style changes
  • A sleep study will indicate the severity

Possible Treatment

  • Life Style Changes
  • Medical Treatment
  • CPAP – a mask to improve airway during sleep
  • Surgical intervention – this is individualised and can range from simple clinic procedures to more complex ones

If you like to arrange for an appointment with Dr Pang YT, please call +65 6586 0988 or email enquiry@entdoctor.com.sg