Do you or your bed partner snore? This highly common issue can be caused by a wide range of issues, ranging from nasal congestion to having a narrow airway. Snoring may also represent a dangerous medical condition: sleep apnea. 

In order to make an accurate assessment and rule out other medical conditions, our experienced sleep specialists perform a thorough evaluation to determine the exact cause of your snoring. With the right treatment, you and your sleeping partner can start enjoying better sleep by reducing or eliminating snoring altogether. 

Is snoring keeping you or your partner awake at night? Our expertly-trained sleep specialists diagnose and treat snoring issues, including sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment with our sleep specialists today! 

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FAQs on Snoring: 

What Is Snoring?

The airway inside your body is like a tube that runs from your nose/mouth down to your lungs. This tube is surrounded by soft tissue and muscle. When you are awake, the muscles are tight because they are holding the airway open. During sleep, the muscle relaxes and the airway shrinks, making structures in the throat vibrate. That vibration produces the sound we recognize as snoring. 

What Causes Snoring?

There are a number of anatomical and behavioral factors that increase one’s risk of snoring, including:

  • Sleep apnea
  • A low, thick, soft palate (narrows the airway)
  • Alcohol consumption (relaxes throat muscles)
  • Chronic nasal congestion
  • Deviated septum
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Sleep position (sleeping on your back narrows the airway)

Does Snoring Carry Health Risks?

Potentially. Many of the side effects of chronic snoring overlap with the side effects of sleep apnea. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should consider consulting with a sleep specialist:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Learning difficulties (in children)
  • Increased risk of high blood pressure and stroke
  • Risk of vehicular accidents due to sleep deprivation

What Helps With Snoring?

Sometimes, snoring can be reduced through simple lifestyle and behavioral changes. If sleep apnea is the cause of your snoring, you may need a CPAP machine to notice any improvement.  

  • Weight loss
  • Refraining from alcohol use near bedtime
  • Treating nasal congestion (allergy medication)
  • Avoiding sleeping on your back
  • CPAP machine (for sleep apnea)