One to two thirds of the population in middle age suffer from more or less pronounced snoring during the night's rest.

The harmless so-called primary snoring must be distinguished from the so-called obstructive sleep apnoea:

  • Snoring (primary rhonchopathy) is usually harmless for the patient, but can be considerably disturbing for the people around them.
  • The rarer obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) is characterised by repeated episodes of constriction of the upper airways that occur during sleep and are usually accompanied by a drop in the oxygen content of the blood. In addition, there are diseases of the cardiorespiratory system (supply of oxygen to the tissues), such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, etc.. The partial or complete obstruction of the upper airway leads to respiratory arrest, which is terminated by a central arousal reaction (arousal). This disturbs the physiological sleep rhythm, sleep is not restful, daytime tiredness and concentration disorders are the result. At the same time, obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) is just as big a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as, for example, smoking and being overweight!