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Snoring - Robert A. Morabito, DDS

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, almost 50% of adults snore at least on occasion. In addition to this, a quarter (25%) of adults are considered to be habitual snorers. That means that 90 million American adults are affected by noisy breathing while they sleep. While snoring is more problematic for males and people who are overweight, anyone can suffer from snoring. If you are a snorer, you should not take this lightly, as it is a sign of obstructed breathing while you sleep. 

Snoring occurs when air cannot flow freely through the passages of your nose and throat. As a result, this area, the collapsible airway containing your uvula, may vibrate and cause snoring. For children, snoring may be a sign of health issues with the tonsils or adenoids. A tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy may be necessary to correct the issue and restore the child’s health. 

What causes snoring for adults? 

Poor muscle tone in the throat/tongue 
Obesity 
A long uvula or soft palate 
Stuffy or blocked nose 

Typically, snoring becomes more serious as people age. As it worsens, snoring will cause disruptions in your sleep cycle and cause you to have sleep that is not refreshing. Unfortunately, if you are not receiving a good night’s sleep, you will experience a lot of daytime drowsiness, and will not function as you are expected. 

How can I stop snoring? 

In many cases, making a change in your lifestyle will alleviate your snoring. As an example, if you lose weight or stop consuming alcohol near bedtime, you may stop snoring while you sleep. 

If the above changes do not relieve your snoring, there are treatments available to help you. A bite splint/night guard or surgery may help to open up your air way and eliminate your snoring. 

Is snoring a serious health issue? 

While snoring is not a huge health issue, it can be linked to health issues that are more serious. If you are just lightly snoring, it is not likely that you wake yourself or your partner up. You may not even know that you lightly snore through the night. 

If you are a heavier snorer, it can be connected to more serious diseases like cardiovascular disease. In addition to this, studies show that roughly half of heavy snorers are suffering from sleep apnea

If you snore, you should receive a sleep study in order to determine why you are snoring, be more healthy, sleep better throughout the night, and not wake up your partner in the middle of the night. Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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