What is Snoring?
You may have been told that you snore by a partner, roommate, or other person who sleeps nearby. Snoring is very common and usually is not an indication of an underlying disorder.
Sometimes, however, snoring can be a sign of a serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea. This means you have periods when you are not breathing for more than 10 seconds while you sleep. Periods of “apnea” are indicated by a long silence following a pause in your snoring. Apnea ends with a sudden snort or gasp when breathing resumes. Then, snoring starts all over again. If you have sleep apnea, this cycle generally happens several times a night.
The major risk from this condition is stroke due to the multiple episodes when your brain is not getting enough oxygen. If sleep apnea is suspected, a sleep specialist can test you for it with a sleep study. In some people the cause of snoring remains unknown.
In some people snoring is caused by:
- Too much alcohol or sedation at bedtime (like sleeping pills or antihistamines)
- Nasal congestion from colds or allergies, especially if the congestion lasts a long time
- Enlarged adenoids and tonsils that block the airway
- Sleep apnea
- Being overweight, which leads to excessive neck tissue that puts pressure on the airway
- Last month of pregnancy
Resolving the symptoms of snoring can have significant affects on your quality of life. If you feel you suffer from snoring symptoms, we are here to help. Contact us for an assessment.