Air should move freely through your mouth, nose, and throat. Air that doesn't move freely can vibrate the roof of the mouth and cause the snoring sound. Smaller airways can lead to louder snoring. Airflow may be disrupted by:
Weak muscles in the tongue and throat
Larger than normal tonsils or adenoids around the throat
The main sign of snoring is noisy breathing during sleep.
When Should I Call My Doctor?
Ask your partner about your snoring patterns. Talk to your doctor if you have regular snoring that is bothering you or your partner. It is important to talk about gasping for air while you sleep or problems getting through the day because you're too tired.
If your child is snoring regularly, talk to their doctor.
You will be asked about your symptoms and past health. A physical exam will be done. Your doctor will check the throat, neck, mouth, and nose.
may be done. Technicians will observe you during sleep at a medical center. They will be able to track changes in breathing and sleep.
Treatment will depend on how severe snoring is. Some steps that may help to ease or stop snoring are:
Change in sleep position—sleep on your side rather than back
Raising the head—may lift head of the bed up about 4 inches, use extra pillows, or wedge under the mattress
Nasal strips—to help keep the nose airway open
Mouthpieces to help keep soft tissue away from back of throat
Manage allergies or colds to ease or prevent congestion
Surgery may be needed for severe snoring that is preventing good sleep. Excess tissue can be removed from the nose or throat. A laser or scalpel will remove the tissue that's blocking the airway. Laser surgery may be needed a few times. Another type of procedure may be chosen to stiffen the roof of the mouth.
To help lower your chances of snoring:
Maintain a healthy body weight.
Treat cold and allergy symptoms.
Avoid drinking alcohol or taking sedatives for several hours before bedtime.
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