It’s common to make jokes about snoring problems and laugh about these nighttime noises. However, snoring problems are no laughing matter. In fact, snoring can be a sign of more serious health problems. Learn more about this sleep disturbance to find out if you need medical attention.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is the sound that occurs when air moves through the tissue of the nose and mouth. When you sleep, the soft tissues in the back of your throat and mouth relax. As you breathe, the movement of the air vibrates those tissues. Many people who breathe through their mouths snore, but nose-breathers can snore as well.
Who Commonly Snores?
Anyone can snore, even young children. Men snore more frequently than women, and people with thick necks typically snore more. Thin people and small children with small necks can also snore, as can anyone with enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
What Can Make Snoring Problems Worse?
Medicine, alcohol, obesity, and illness can cause snoring in people who don't typically snore. Medications that make you sleep deeper can make snoring worse, and alcohol can cause the tissues and muscles of the throat to relax more than normal. Having a cold or respiratory infection can exacerbate snoring problems.
Why Is Snoring Bad?
Snoring is bad because it doesn't allow you to get a good night's sleep. You won't necessarily get the restful, restorative sleep you need if you are plagued by snoring. Your snoring can also lessen the quality of other people's sleep, like your spouse’s.
What Medical Problems Are Associated With Snoring?
Snoring can be a sign of serious medical problems. Sleep apnea, breathing obstructions, and other sleep problems can manifest themselves as snoring. Having obstructive sleep apnea can put you at risk for other medical problems, like weight gain, acid reflux, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
If you snore, you should undergo a sleep study to determine the cause of your snoring problems. Comfort Sleep is the ideal sleep lab for your studies because we care about your comfort and sleeping habits. Call (732) 455-3030 to schedule an appointment.