Causes of Snoring
Snoring is caused by airflow obstruction through the nose and mouth, which produces vibration inside the throat as the sleeper breathes. The sound volume can be loud or soft from person to person, but it can grow tiresome very quickly for everyone within earshot. Several factors have been identified as contributing to a person’s snoring problem, including:
- Nasal passage blockage – When the nasal passage is blocked it causes labored breathing and leads the tissue in the throat to collapse more than normal during inhalation, which causes snoring.
- Relaxed throat muscles – Throat muscles can relax too much because of alcohol, certain medications or other causes.
- Weak throat muscles – The muscle tone in the throat can simply be so weak that throat muscles collapse during sleep.
- Obesity – Having extra tissue in and around the neck can cause increased throat compression at night.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – As we’ll explain below, OSA and snoring often go hand-in-hand leading to noisy and unsatisfying sleep.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is often an indicator of OSA. Snoring is linked to OSA in many cases because the person with OSA is suffering from blockages of the airways during sleep. This blockage causes the same snoring that disrupts sleeping patterns and can lead to serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
Fortunately, long-term problems stemming from OSA can be averted by dental treatments including custom oral appliances. These devices enable normal airflow during sleep, and allow the wearer to get the rest they need to maintain a healthier life.
Treat Sleep Apnea So Everyone Can Sleep
Sleep apnea doesn’t just affect you, it can also be detrimental to everyone who sleeps near you. Snoring caused by sleep apnea can be loud enough to keep your bed partner up at night and even travel through walls to awaken others in your home. Constantly disrupting their sleep patterns can leave them fatigued and annoyed, and possibly spark occasional arguments.
Give the gift of quiet sleep to your housemates by letting Dr. Poss treat you for sleep apnea. You will rest easier and feel more refreshed, as will your family. The sleep apnea treatments that Dr. Poss employs are quick and effective so you can find comfort in a good night’s sleep.