Snoring is a common problem. Studies have estimated that up to 45% of males and 28% of females between 30 to 60 years old snore habitually.
“Simple” (or “primary”) snoring is mainly a social problem which can significantly disturb bed partners. However, it may also be a symptom of another related condition called “Obstructive Sleep Apnoea” when a patient not only snores at night, but also constantly feels sleepy and tired throughout the day due to poor quality sleep.
The upper airways may sometimes be obstructed by various structures, including the tongue, during sleep. This may lead to disrupted sleep and lack of oxygen. Patients with this condition experience severe sleepiness during the day, and snoring during the night.
Untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnoea has additional health implications including a higher risk of developing hypertension and heart disease.