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What Usually Causes Snoring When A Person Is Sleeping
Snoring: Snoring is just the sound of turbulent airflow passing through a slightly collapsed or crowded oropharynx or back of the throat. It is just a sound but it is a sound that makes us suspicious for potential underlying sleep apnea. Keep in mind that 65-75% of individuals that do snore have some level of underlying osa. Also, mild snoring can arise from chronic nasal congestion as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cause of Snoring: Snoring means your airway blocks partially during inspiration when sleeping. The blockage can occur in the nose, the soft palate, the tonsils, the tongue base, and the folds over the voice box. Any blockage will create snoring. Go see an ENT for a complete exam of your airway, if snoring is bothering you or someone you sleep with. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably benign: Most normal people have had "sleep starts", a sudden jerk of the body, when falling asleep, or when aroused. This is worse when sleep deprived. Repeated movements of the legs is periodic leg movements of sleep, a variation of restless legs syndrome. This can make the legs and feet twitch hundreds of times in the night; it can be easily treated by prescription medication. ...Read more
How is it possible that someone who is a light sleeper can sleep right through his own loud snoring?
Once in awhile i wake up gasping for air. If this usually only happens if I am laying on my back with only one pillow, does this mean it is less likely to be central apnea caused by a brain tumor?
Many causes: Many causes, dry environment, clotting problems, medications, etc. Visit your doctor for an evaluation into all the possible causes and treatments ...Read more
Could a bowel movement in sleep, that does not wake you, be caused by stress or psychiatric problems? Or what is the chance it is nocturnal seizure?
Someone close to me has been feeling down for a while. What is the most common symptom of depression usually?
Depression symptoms: Common symptoms of depression include: feelings of sadness, a loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, difficulty concentrating, change in sleep and/or appetite, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, poor motivation, and irritabiliy. The person may also have problems functioning at work or school. If they have the majority of these symptoms they may have depression. ...Read more
What is it when a person attempts to fall asleep, but is woken up by short bursts of energy or some type of awake feeling?
Probably not: Sleeping too much can be a sign of several problems. One common problem is obstructive sleep apnea (osa), which is when breathing slows down or stops too many times during the night. Sleep quality is disturbed, and as a result, the person with osa may sleep a large number of hours at night and nap in the daytime, but still be sleep deprived. Depression is another cause of sleeping too much. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleep paralysis: I think you are referring to sleep apnea which is a situation, normally due to airway obstruction and breathing issues that can lead to sleep apnea. This is usually manifested by snoring, particularly heavy at times and periods of slow or no breathing - this can be easily investigated by the sleep specialists. ...Read more
How often is it that dizziness or vertigo is a sign of something deadly if it's only symptom someone has?
Rare: not vertigo/dizzy... if someone plain passes out over 90% of the time if we dont' know the cause IMMEDIATELY...we never do. can be heart, stroke, medications, arhythmia...they all have key signs if they are the cause (like chest pain) and... if nothing else and no neuro signs... we admit for a day or two obs. but... essentially nothing found. (hot day and sweating we can find !) ...Read more
Is drooling saliva from one side of the mouth a cause for concern. People tell it mean s that I can get a stroke. Is this true?
It is common (or possible) to suffer from sleep apnea if a peson only sleeps on one's stomach or side?
Sleep apnea: It is possible to suffer from sleep apnea in any sleep position. While it is often more prevalent when sleeping on the back, someone who is overweight, has enlarged tonsils and adenoids, a deviated septum, allergies, sinus issues, an enlarged tongue, drinks alcohol before bed, can have sleep apnea. Some medications can also add to the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is it called when you are awake but can't actually wake up from sleeping? Is this something serious?
Yes, sleep paralysis: When we are sleeping our body is mostly paralyzed. If you dream you are running your brain sends out signals telling your body to run; if these signals were not blocked you would actually run. Sometimes you wake but that paralysis has not turned off yet, leading to what is commonly called "Old Hag Syndrome." See http://www.sspri.org/blog/sleep-paralysis-old-hag-syndrome for more and comment: ...Read more
Yes it can: Heavy snoring has been cause of many split ups and divorces.But why not get it treated and also it is good for your health. I suggest first you consult your Doctor and get examined&get referral for sleep studies. If you have sleep apnea you may need to use Cpap machine at night. There is also dental appliance which is custom made by your dentist.That can also stop snoring with or without Apnea ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nasal congestion: His adenoids are enlarged and he may have nasal discharge. You might be surprised to know that this does respond to appropriate diet. The usual and customary approach is adenoidectomy. Try stopping all the"junk" and milk. Milk was designed for cows and it is a common source of problems in kids. ...Read more
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