What Causes Snoring?

The importance of treating snoring is related to sleep deprivation and can be twofold. If you continually snore throughout the night, have been told you snore, or have woken up from snoring, these can all be signs that snoring is more than just a vibrational sound.

Morning symptoms can include but not limited too daytime drowsiness, irritability, and lack of focus. The second part is that your bedpartner can be greatly affected by your snoring and result in their sleeping pattern disrupted. This can lead to you or your bedpartner sleeping in separate beds in order to get a well-rested night.

Certain factors can place you at a higher risk of being a snorer. Such factors are:

  • A large neck circumference
  • Receded lower jaw
  • Fat around the airway
  • A large tongue (sleep on the back can increase this)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Relaxants such as alcohol or other muscle relaxant drugs

The treatment is to relieve the blockage or collapse that is occurring in the air passage way. This can be accomplished through treatment we provide. Such treatment that could help snoring is Radiofrequency Palate, Uvula Reduction Coblation of Inferior Turbinates, Tonsillectomy, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UP3), Septoplasty, Pillar Procedure, and/or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.

Things to consider doing which can greatly affect snoring are; stop smoking if you do, lose weight, decrease alcohol consumption, try nasal strips.

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