Do you regularly keep your significant other awake with your loud, obnoxious snores? Understanding what causes the issue can help you take steps to stop further episodes. Addressing what may seem like a minor issue is important since snoring is often linked to serious disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea. Do you have questions about snoring?
Common Questions About Snoring
Question: What causes us to snore?
Answer: Sometimes, when we sleep the soft tissues in our throat and mouth become overly relaxed, collapsing and partially blocking airflow. As air is forced through during sleep the soft tissue vibrate, causing the sound we associate with snoring. Other factors can include chronic congestion, sinus issues, and obesity.
Question: Is this issue linked to other disorders?
Answer: Yes. Snoring is often a symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues completely block airflow, causing a patient to stop breathing until the brain wakes them, often dozens of times each hour throughout the night.
Question: What can I do to snore less?
Answer: You can take several steps to reduce your risk. First, avoid alcohol before going to bed, as this can cause the soft tissues to become overly relaxed. In addition, lose weight through diet and exercise if you are obese, as being overweight can place pressure on the neck, causing patients to snore. We also suggest maintaining a regular sleep cycle, going to bed and waking up at the same times every day.
Question: Will I need treatment?
Answer: If you have problems with a chronic snore then yes, you may benefit from treatment. There are over-the-counter aids to help and we can also provide an oral appliance. The appliance is worn during sleep and moves the jaw forward, preventing soft tissue from collapsing.