Snoring Causes

Snoring: Overview

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  • Snoring is the hoarse or harsh sound that occurs when your breathing is partially obstructed
  • It may indicate a serious health condition
  • Snoring and sleep disordered breathing affect 24% of Male and 9% of Female Adults in the United States
  • 75 Million Americans suffer from some sort of snoring or sleep disordered breathing
  • Common disruptive effects of snoring include: disruption of a bed partner’s sleep, sore throat and restless sleep
  • A poor night’s sleep is a common cause of daytime somnolence, fatigue and poor job performance

Contributing Causes to Snoring:

  • Anatomy of the Nose and Throat
  • Nasal obstruction from allergies
  • Deviated septum
  • Enlarged turbinates
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Elongated uvula
  • Large tonsils or adenoids
  • Obesity
  • Lifestyle, particularly the consumption of alcohol and sedatives
  • Poor muscle tone in the throat
  • Aging, which decreases tissue elasticity

Snoring Causes:

  • The noise of snoring is usually produced by the soft palate and/or uvula
  • It may also be produced by the back of the nose or tonsils and tongue
  • Surgical treatments focus on the removal or restructuring of the anatomic structures contributing to the snoring
  • Snoring also may be associated with obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious condition
  • Our specialists are skilled at evaluating your symptoms and offering the right medical or surgical solutions

If you have snoring problems, please call (503) 257-3204 or request a visit online with us.


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