A spectrum of sleep disordered breathing

A spectrum of sleep disordered breathing occurs ranging from simple snoring, upper airways resistance syndrome and obstructive sleep apnoea.

Habitual snoring is defined as snoring almost every night or every night or as snoring at least 5 nights per week. Audible snoring noises are reported by an observer, but the patient has no complaints of insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, or sleep disruption that are attributable to snoring.

The repeated increase in upper airway resistance during sleep, usually associated with snoring, causing sleep disruption.

The complete or partial obstruction of the upper airway, characterized by repetitive episodes of hypopnoea or apnoea during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and is usually associated with an oxygen desaturation.

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