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My friend snores and twitches during sleep. Apnea?

My friend snores and twitches during sleep. Apnea?

Yes, sleep apnea: Have your friend check the epworth sleepiness scale http://www.Stanford.Edu/~dement/epworth.Html sleep tests can be performed in a sleep lab or with ambulatory sleep monitors which measure oxygen level, respiratory effort and nasal airflow. If airflow is decreased or is blocked by throat closure more than 5 times/hour, he has sleep apnea and can be treated with CPAP -continuous + airway pressure. ...Read more

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Snoring (Definition)

Snoring = a vibrating sound ...Read more


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4 yr old had sleep study that showed decreased REM sleep &frequent wakings &arousals (7.5 per/hr).She also snores, sleep talks &walks, wets bed.Causes?

Sleep disorder: Although there is an entity called central sleep apnea (central nervous system, brain) the most common cause of a sleep disorder in a 4 year old is hypertrophy (enlargement) of the tonsils and adenoids. Removal of these structures in the upper airway almost always results in a cure of these symptom. ...Read more

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10yr old is obese snores &whistles with her mouth when she sleeps &wakes up2x nitenearly choking&coughing gasping .is it sleep apnea? or is it asthma?

10yr old is obese snores &whistles with her mouth when she sleeps &wakes up2x nitenearly choking&coughing gasping .is it sleep apnea? or is it asthma?

Defintely sounds: like airway obstruction. In order to figure out if this is an upper airway obstruction (tonsil enlargement, for example) or lower airway obstruction (such as asthma), you need a doctor to examine this child. ...Read more

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Does every child who has sleep apnea experience daytime sleepiness?

Does every child who has sleep apnea experience daytime sleepiness?

The severity of: Sleep apnea would impact how much daytime sleepiness there was. This article 'symptoms of sleep apnea in children' will help to answer your questions. http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/sleep/a/sleep_apnea.htm. ...Read more

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Reason for snoring loudly at night ?

Reason for snoring loudly at night ?

OSA: Obstructive sleep apnea is the likely cause. There may be transient episodes where breathing stops for a period of time (ie seconds). This type of respiration prevents one from entering REM sleep. It is dangerous in the long run. ...Read more

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My daughter is 6 months and she snores and briefly stops breathing when she sleeps. Could she have sleep apnea?

My daughter is 6 months and she snores and briefly stops breathing when she sleeps. Could she have sleep apnea?

Get your stopwatch : It is common for infants to have irregular breathing patterns. This is called "periodic breathing," characterized by a series of quick breaths in between longer breaths, even with moments of no breathing. Clinically significant "apnea" in this age would be at least 15-20 seconds, and should be evaluated. What you observe is likely normal, but if she is truly apneic by the clock, go see her doc! ...Read more

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My son snores loud, his dad has sleep apnea.Is there a chance he has apnea as well?Should I have his tonsils/adenoids checked, does these cause snoring?

My son snores loud, his dad has sleep apnea.Is there a chance he has apnea as well?Should I have his tonsils/adenoids checked, does these cause snoring?

Yes: Depending on your son's age, i would absolutely get his to your family doctor. He may then possibly be referred to an ENT specialist. Early attention to his problems can hopefully allow him much better health as he gets older. I would also help him avoid become obese, which can further hinder success. ...Read more

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My daughter has trouble breathing also snores loud.What causes this?

My daughter has trouble breathing also snores loud.What causes this?

Soft palate: Snoring is usually vibration of the soft palate. Trouble breathing could be due to obstruction at the soft palate, the base of the tongue, lower down in the trachea, higher up at the back of the nasal airway, due to growths, enlarged tonsils and adenoids or even due to lack of stimulation to breathe from the brain ( central obstruction). See a sleep specialist for proper evaluation. ...Read more

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My daughter has trouble breathing and snores loud.What causes this?

Loud snoring: It could be allergies, or enlarged tonsils and adenoids, but something is obviously interfering with her airway. Without any other history my best recommendation would be to have her checked by her pediatrician and perhaps and ENT physician. ...Read more

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9 year old boy snores very loudly and has night terrors what can we do to reduce his snoring and nightterrors?

9 year old boy snores very loudly and has night terrors what can we do to reduce his snoring and nightterrors?

Consider ENT: Tonsillar and adenoidal hypertrophy can cause snoring in a nine year old child. Snoring in any child is not an acceptable situation as it suggests airway obstructive breathing and/or OSA at night which leads to non-restorative and restless sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, behavioral symptoms resembling ADHD and nightmares or night terrors. It can contribute to fatigue and excessive weight. ...Read more

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9m old baby boy.has very disturbed sleep at night.rarely gasps in sleep.wife thinks he is crying in sleep.what could be reasons for gasping?

9m old baby boy.has very disturbed sleep at night.rarely gasps in sleep.wife thinks he is crying in sleep.what could be reasons for gasping?

Needs further eval: Any infant with those concerns requires an in-person consults including a thorough physical exam. "Gasping" may invoke a range of problems non of which should be ignored. The more common possibilities include silent episodes of reflux, nasal congestion/obstruction, enlarged adenoids e.g obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and more serious concerns that involve the sleep centers of the brain ...Read more

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Can 7 year olds have sleep apnea?

Can 7 year olds have sleep apnea?

Yes: Sleep apnea can result from anatomic obstruction in the nose (deviated septum, swollen turbinates, sinusitis, etc) or over relaxation of the smooth muscles that line the trachea (wind pipe). It's true that sleep apnea was classically though to be found only in elderly overweight men, but that's been found to not be true. Children can have osa from enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Consult a sleep doc. ...Read more

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My 10 year old daughter is overweight and she snores whilesleeping. She is always disturbed while sleeping and alsohas a bed wetting problem. Do children get sleep apnea?

My 10 year old daughter is overweight and she snores whilesleeping. She is always disturbed while sleeping and alsohas a bed wetting problem. Do children get sleep apnea?

Sleep Apnea: About 10% children that age would snore in their sleep, but only 1-3% of snorers have obstructive sleep apnea. Possible causes are; enlarged tonsil/adenoids, obesity, genetic syndromes such as down's syndrome, family history of sleep apnea. I recommend her pediatrician evaluate to rule out apnea. Wish her well. ...Read more

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Started a running nose 3 days ago now is runny/congested. Raspy breathing while awake when sleeping snores Barks when she coughs. RSV? Croup? Cold?

Started a running nose 3 days ago now is runny/congested.  Raspy breathing while awake when sleeping snores Barks when she coughs.  RSV? Croup? Cold?

Croup: possibly due to RSV.or adenovirus get a humidifier by the bedside use saline nose spray every 8 hrs try steam inhalation croupy cough can be very distressing to the child and can cause resp failure if she is not better maneed vaponephrine inhalation and test for RSV ...Read more

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My hubby always congested, uses nasal spray nightly despite the directions! snores very loudly due to sleep apnea, cpap didn't work for him. Advice?

My hubby always congested, uses nasal spray nightly despite the directions! snores very loudly due to sleep apnea, cpap didn't work for him. Advice?

Constant nasal cong: Constant nasal congestion can be due to allergy.What kind of nose spray is he using.If he is using over the conter afrin or neosynephrine that may be real cause of his congestion.He should see a doctor and come off afrin gradually as you get chronic rebound congestion due to it.Sleep apnea always respond to CPAP if he is using it, you should also make an appt with sleep speacialist.First see yr md. ...Read more

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What are normal breathing sounds for 92 yo? All night long has gasps, lapses, loud breaths, not typical snoring. Never noisy before. Sleep apnea?

What are normal breathing sounds for 92 yo? All night long has gasps, lapses, loud breaths, not typical snoring. Never noisy before. Sleep apnea?

Could be sleep apnea: But you need to see a doctor. The internet is a great place to answer some questions like "what is "sleep apnea?" or "what is cheyne-stokes breathing?" the internet not a good place to get a diagnosis. That requires obtaining a complete history, a hands-on physical exam, maybe a sleep study or echocardiogram, etc., use the internet to get the questions to bring to your doctor, not the answers. ...Read more

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Can nasal congestion cause temporary sleep apena? Waking up gasping for air when nose is congested. Husband says i don't snore.

Can nasal congestion cause temporary sleep apena? Waking up gasping for air when nose is congested. Husband says i don't snore.

Yes: Apnea technically is the cessation of breathing, usually caused by blockage of the airways in the throat or from the brain not sending signals to breathe. The nasal passages being congested usually causes people to sound like they are gasping, because they are forced to breathe through their mouths, not technically causing apnea, but close. ...Read more

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Hear my crazy roomie shouting and crying during sleep?

Hear my crazy roomie shouting and crying during sleep?

Alas----diet: This kind of thing is so common in america that there must be a common cause. Believe it or not, this is dietary mayhem. Empty calories are the equivalent of a choked engine in a car---too much gas and either a deficiency of oxygen or spark plug. Tell him to shape up his lousy diet and get rid of the sweet carbs in particular including sodas and caffeine. ...Read more

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Hi I have a 3 year old daughter who is a restless sleeper, snores, talks in her sleep and always sleeps in weird positions could she have sleep apnea?

Hi I have a 3 year old daughter who is a restless sleeper, snores, talks in her sleep and always sleeps in weird positions could she have sleep apnea?

Yes: A 3 yo that snores will likely develop sleep apnea within a year or so if she hasn't done so already. I would schedule a visit with an ENT and bring a recording of the sleep sounds. A sleep study may or may not be needed when this is reviewed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Symptoms if sleep apnea?

Symptoms if sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea: Fatigue, snoring, daytime sleepiness, stop breathing for a few seconds while sleeping- are a few symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, is frequently associated with increase level of hemoglobin and htn. Sleep study is indicated. CPAP will be the treatment of sleep apnea. ...Read more

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