Often brushed off as social annoyance, snoring can be an indication of something much more serious such as sleep apnea. Snoring can also be a major contributing factor for relationship breakups.
Snoring happens for a variety of reasons, but it’s most commonly due to your airway narrowing during sleep. This obstructed or narrowed pathway causes the tissues in your nose and throat to vibrate when breathing during sleep, producing that all too familiar noise. Other contributing factors are caused by problems in the structure of the nose, such as a deviated septum, swollen turbinates, nasal polyps, allergies, and chronic sinusitis.
A more serious cause is sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder. Sleep apnea happens when breathing is repeatedly reduced or stopped, then starts again.
Here are a few other anatomical issues that may narrow the upper airway which can create airway resistance, thus causing vibration of the tissue that lead to snoring.
Generally, one or more of these factors contributes to snoring, and your ENT doctor will be able to provide a thorough evaluation by assessing your symptoms.
Snoring doesn’t just disrupt others’ sleep, it can affect your own. Lack of sleep can lead to countless health problems, both physical and emotional. Symptoms vary due to the cause of your snoring, but they may include the following:
While snoring is likely more disruptive to those around you, you don’t necessarily want to ignore it yourself. If you experience the following symptoms, consult your ENT, as they may be signs of a more significant health problem.
There are two types of treatment options, surgical and nonsurgical. Before you conclude that it is primarily snoring, it is recommended that you have a sleep study in order to rule out sleep apnea. Because snoring generally includes a combination of causes, it may be necessary to make multiple lifestyle changes to successfully address the issue.
Conservative nasal procedure can also help enhance anatomical nasal airway. Find out more at www.modernnoseclinic.com