Snoring is the name given to the disruptive sounds of obstructed breathing many people make during sleep.
Many people who snore also have sleep apnea. Diagnostic testing can help to determine whether your snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can be serious because it indicates that not enough air is getting into or out of your lungs. With sleep apnea, there’s a definite blockage in the airways.
Snoring typically signifies that there’s something wrong with the upper airway. Many people who snore also experience other symptoms, such as:
Frequent snoring can disrupt sleep and leave you with sleep deprivation.
Snoring occurs when relaxed tissue in your tongue, soft palate, and airway vibrates as you breathe. This can cause you to make certain noises, including whistling, growling, or rumbling.
The sounds vary depending on the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses. Other factors that can lead to snoring include:
Men are more likely to snore than women. If you have a longer than average soft palate or large tonsils, you might snore as a result.
If sleep apnea is in your family history, you’re more likely to develop it. A significant portion of snorers have inherited sleep apnea.
Some treatments, such as chin straps, dental bites, and special pillows, focus on behavior modification as opposed to physically correcting the underlying anatomical problem.
While these treatments can offer you relief, typically, you might need other treatments in conjunction to assess the root of the problem.
Both surgical and non-surgical treatments are available, including laser surgery that corrects the underlying root of your snoring by trimming down the soft palate and uvula.
There are also radiofrequency treatments that deliver radiofrequency energy to the tissue to improve snoring. Certain medications and lifestyle changes including nutrition and exercise can also be applied as part of an effective treatment plan.
If you or your loved one’s snoring is impacting your life and sleep, call Sound Sleep Health or book online to discuss your treatment options.