Primary Snoring, also known as simple snoring, snoring without sleep apnea, noisy breathing during sleep, benign snoring, rhythmical snoring and continuous snoring is characterized by loud upper airway breathing sounds in sleep without episodes of apnea (cessation of breath).
How Does Primary Snoring Differ from Snoring with OSA?
• You wake up feeling refreshed
• No evidence of insomnia
• You do not experience excessive sleepiness during the day
A polysomnogram (sleep study) that shows:
• Snoring and other sounds often occurring for long episodes during the sleep period
• No associated abrupt arousals, arterial oxygen desaturation (lowered amount of oxygen in the blood) or cardiac disturbances
• Normal sleep patterns
• Normal respiratory patterns during sleep
• No signs of other sleep disorders
What can be done about Primary Snoring?
First of all, it is absolutely necessary to rule out obstructive sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. Be wary of any doctor who says it is not necessary. Behavioral and lifestyle changes may be suggested. Losing weight, sleeping on your side, refraining from alcohol and sedatives are often recommended.
There are mouth/oral devices (that help keep the airway open) on the market that may help to reduce snoring in three different ways. Some devices:
o bring the jaw forward
o elevate the soft palate
o retain the tongue (from falling back in the airway and thus decreasing snoring)
There is also surgery. There is uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) or Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP), which involves removing excess tissue from the throat.