Snoring Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Treatment Animation
Snoring and sleep apnea.In normal breathing, air enters the nostrils and goes through the throat and the tracheato the lungs. In people who snore this airway is partiallyobstructed by excess tissue of the throat, such as large tonsils, large soft palate ortongue. Another common cause of obstruction is the dropping of the tongue into the throatdue to over relaxation of tongue muscles during sleep. Air currents competing throughnarrow spaces in the throat cause the soft palate essentially a piece of soft tissuehanging in the throat to vibrate. This vibration is the source of the noise we hear when someoneis snoring.
Sleep apnea happens when the airway is completelyobstructed, no air can go through and the person stops breathing. This cessation ofbreathing triggers the brain to respond by waking up the person just enough to take abreath. This repeats itself again and again during the course of the night and may resultin sleep deprivation. Snoring and mild sleep apnea may be treatedwith a mandibular advancement device. This device is designed to move the lower jaw andthe tongue slightly forward and thus making the space in the back of the throat larger.
How Do Babies Breathe While CoSleeping
Cosleeping increases risky breathing butit is not likely significant danger for healthy babies. I'm Erin White and this is a dailyRx Feature. Among the great debates in parenting is thedecision of where babies will sleep: in the parents' bedé In a crib next to the parents'bedé In another roomé A recent study shed a little light on how infants breathe whensleeping in their parents' bed compared to a crib on their own. While there are someincreased risks when parents share the bed with their baby, these risks generally onlybecome significant when other risk factors
for sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS,are also present. Such risk factors include smoking during pregnancy or either parentdrinking or taking sedatives. However, many pediatricians discourage the practice becauseof concerns about the higher risk of SIDS. Ask your about your safety concernswith bedsharing. For dailyRx TV, I'm Erin White.