If you snore when you sleep, it is a sign that you probably aren’t receiving proper airflow as you breathe. The sound of snoring is caused when something obstructs the airway, causing a vibration as the lungs attempt to pull in air. So, what causes these obstructions?
- If you suffer from allergies, or experience other nasal issues such as a sinus infection or deviated septum, nasal breathing can become difficult, which frequently leads to snoring.
- Some individuals may have excess tissue in or around the throat area. This can become an obstruction, causing the person to snore.
- Your tongue and the soft tissues of the throat relax as you sleep. These tissues can sometimes become overly relaxed and block the airway, making it difficult to breathe properly.
- In children, snoring can often be caused by tonsils and adenoids, which can impede the flow of air.
If you or a loved one is snoring, it can sometimes be a sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can cause serious health risks, so it is important to speak with a physician who specializes in sleep medicine if you suspect you may have this condition. In any case, snoring disrupts your (and your bed partner’s) ability to achieve restful sleep, so finding a treatment that best suits you can ultimately improve your quality sleep.
I specialize in dental sleep medicine, and work closely with a variety of specialists in the field of sleep medicine. If you have been snoring and/or suspect you may have sleep apnea, please do not hesitate to contact Stamford Sleep Solutions to schedule a consultation. I can help you navigate the necessary steps to receive a diagnosis and treatment for snoring or sleep apnea, ultimately leading to a happier, healthier you!
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