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UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome)

Tired During the Day But Don’t Have Apnea? It may be Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome – UARS

You may be tired and having a hard time concentrating. Or you may be not sleeping well, have insomnia, and overall not feeling the way you used to. Sometimes, morning headaches are present. You may have even had a sleep test that confirmed you do not have apnea. You may be afflicted with UARS or upper airway resistance syndrome, a common airway sleep breathing disorder that is often overlooked.

During UARS, snoring and airway resistance during sleep causes disruptions in healthy sleep patterns. These arousals and brief awakenings may result in daytime fatigue or sleepiness, and even depression-like symptoms.

Progression of sleep breathing disorders

The best way to treat UARS

The best way to treat UARS is to implement lifestyle changes such as weight loss if applicable. But many UARS sufferers are already thin or not overweight, or simply too tired to concentrate on healthier habits.

Because UARS is considered a grey area in between benign snoring and apnea, individuals with UARS are often overlooked for treatment options. Since these patients didn’t “score high enough” to be considered having obstructive sleep apnea, medical insurance reimbursements are questionable swaying treatment option choices.

Oral appliance therapy is often the best way for individuals suffering with upper airway resistance syndrome to regain the energy and peaceful sleep that they have lost.

Custom oral devices (specialized mouth retainers) have been well-researched, medically approved and supported by well-trained sleep medicine professionals as: a first line of treatment for snoring (without apnea).  This includes individuals with UARS.

Tired of being tired? Read more on oral devices.

This article is general in nature and for educational purposes only. Please consult with your sleep health provider before starting any treatment option for snoring and apnea.