Upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) is a sleep disorder characterized by resistance in the airway to breathing during sleep. Snoring is the sound created when air flows past relaxed tissues in the throat, causing them to vibrate and make that irritating sound. UARS is when that breathing crosses over from simply being harmless snoring to becoming something more severe.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA occurs when the airway to the lungs becomes completely blocked during sleep. The obstruction may occur from the area of the soft palate to below the base of the tongue, and the blockage and stoppages of breath it creates cause the body’s vital blood oxygen levels to plummet. The brain reacts by waking from sleep to gasp for air. The pauses and gasps can happen hundreds of times a night, robbing you of quality sleep and leading to a wide range of health problems.