Ohio Neurologic Institute

Specializing in Neurologic and Sleep Disorders

Snoring

†† ††††††† Snoring is the noise produced during sleep by vibrations of the soft tissues at the back of your nose and throat. The noise is created by turbulent flow of air through narrowed air passages.† ††††††† ††††††††††

†††††††††† Snoring may have† medical significance if it keeps you or others from sleeping.† In some snoring can cause increased upper airway resistance and the patient may awaken repeatedly with snoring.† ††††††††††

†††††††††† These frequent awakenings (or microarousals) may occur repeatedly throughout the night and the patient or the bed partner may be unaware of the awakenings.† These microarousals can be detected by high quality brainwave sampling (EEG).†† ††††††††† †††††††††† †††††††††† ††††††††††

†††††††††† Most sleep laboratories do not have the quality of EEG necessary to detect these frequent awakenings.† The Ohio Neurologic Institute has been measuring brain waves for years and has equipped our laboratory with the most sensitive EEG machines and video to record these changes.† Using sophisticated monitoring we can tell when you are awake, even if you donít know that you are!† Many people awaken repeatedly throughout the night but donít know it because they do not remain awake long enough for their brain to remember it.††††††††††

†††††††††† Serious problems related to snoring can occur when those same soft tissues block the air passages at the back of the throat while you are sleeping. This can interfere with the ability to breathe and cause Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and it can directly and adversely affect your health.†

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