People with chronic sleeping disorders need to have their sleep assessed.
There are two basic locations that a sleep study can take place in. Either at home, where they are called Home Sleep Tests (HSTs) or in specialist settings, such as a sleep clinic or a hospital. These assessments are called in-lab sleep studies.
I have written a very detailed guide to HSTs that you can read here but in this article I want to focus on in lab studies.
A home sleep study which is also called a Home Sleep Test (HST) is an assessment that takes place in your home at night whilst you are asleep.
An HST is only one form of sleep study that is available. Other sleep studies happen in specialist facilities called sleep labs. These tend to be labelled as an “in-lab sleep study”.
An HST is looking to diagnose or rule out only one type of sleeping disorder, which is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA.) I have written a detailed article about OSA which you can read here.
Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. In some cases, the sound may be soft, but in most cases, it can be loud and unpleasant. (wiki)
Interestingly, the origins of the word are thought to date back to sometime in the mid fifteenth century and it is thought to have come from the word “snort”. (dictionary.com)
Snoring comes in three forms; occasional, habitual, serious/ obstructive.
Sleep Apnoea is a sleeping disorder that results in breathing “pauses” or a combination of shallow breaths.
It was first described in 1965.
These pauses can last from a few seconds to a few minutes.
There are four main causes of snoring for most people and they are mouth-breathing, nostril collapse, tongue base, and palatal flutter.
To check to see if your snoring is caused by either your nostrils, mouth or tongue, there are some quick and easy tests for you to do at home.
There is no easy and specific test that can be done to see if your snoring could be caused by your soft palate but if all the other tests related to nostrils, mouth and tongue are negative then it is probable that your snoring is caused by your palate.