Upper airway resistance syndrome is difficult for many doctors to diagnosis. Few sleep testing centers even have the proper test equipment to recognize the illness. Mt. Scott does, and is quite familiar with this syndrome that until recently has been little understood by the medical community. Upper airway resistance syndrome occurs during sleep when the muscles of the throat’s airway become relaxed and this relaxation overly reduces the diameter of the airway causing breathing to become labored. While this does not lead to full cessation of airflow (like with sleep apnea), it is a serious condition that can result in an abnormal sleep patterns, daytime sleepiness, and other more serious effects which are also currently being studied.
Symptoms of upper airway resistance syndrome include snoring, sleepwalking (in some), and excessive sleepiness during the daytime. Hypertension has also been found to likely to be present. To test for upper airway resistance syndrome, a sleep study or polysomnography is recommended that is available at Mt. Scott’s complete sleep center facilities.