What is snoring?
Snoring is the sound that occurs during sleep when flow of air is
obstructed in the area where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft
palate and uvula. Snoring noises occur when these structures vibrate
against each other during breathing.
It is estimated that 45
percent of all adults snore occasionally, and 25 percent habitually snore.
Snoring is more common in males and people who are overweight.
Snoring is obstructed
breathing. In addition to disturbed sleep patterns and sleep deprivation,
other serious health problems may result. Snoring may also be a symptom of
other medical conditions.
What causes snoring?
Snoring may be caused by many factors, including:
- poor muscle tone
- excessively bulky throat tissue
- long soft palate
- long uvula
- stuffed or blocked nasal passages
- deformities of the nose
- deformities of the nasal septum
Can snoring be
Mild or occasional snoring may be helped by:
- a healthy lifestyle that includes
exercise and proper diet
- losing weight
- avoiding tranquilizers, sleeping pills,
and antihistamines before bedtime
- avoiding alcohol at least four hours
- avoiding heavy meals at least three
hours before bedtime
- establishing regular sleeping patterns
- sleeping on your side
- tilting the head of the bed up about
Heavy or chronic snoring may require
Treatment for snoring:
Specific treatment will be determined by the physician(s) based
- patients age, overall health, and
- extent of the disorder
- expectations for the course of the
- patients tolerance for specific
medications, procedures, or therapies
- patients opinion or preference
Treatment may include a nasal mask that
provides continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), or surgery.