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Why be concerned about snoring?

Snoring is more than just a sound that occurs during sleep. It is a medical condition on the sleep disorder breathing spectrum,  that should be diagnosed and then treated.


Snoring has been associated with sleep deprivation, daytime drowsiness, irritability, lack of focus and decreased libido. Loud snoring has been associated with increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

If you or your partner suffer from snoring, call our office today to see how we can help.

Who snores?


Nearly everyone snores from time to time, including babies, children and adults. Some people are more likely to snore than others. Snoring risk factors include:

  • Age: Snoring is more common as we age because muscle tone decreases, causing airways to constrict.

  • Alcohol and sedatives: Alcoholic beverages and certain medications relax muscles, restricting airflow in the mouth, nose and throat.

  • Anatomy: A long soft palate (the back of the roof of the mouth), enlarged adenoids, tonsils or a large tongue can make it hard for air to flow through the nose and mouth. A deviated septum (displaced cartilage in the nose) can block the flow of air.

  • Gender: Snoring is more common in men.

  • Family history: Snoring runs in families. If you have a parent who snores, you’re more likely to snore too.

  • Overall health: Nasal stuffiness due to allergies and the common cold block airflow through the mouth and nose. Pregnant women are more likely to snore due to hormonal changes and weight gain.

  • Weight: Snoring and sleep-related breathing disorders are more common in people who are overweight or have obesity.


Is my snoring a health problem?

Not everyone that snores has sleep apnea, but almost everyone with sleep apnea snores. Whether you know you snore or are not sure if you do, a sleep study is necessary to diagnose primary snoring and rule out sleep apnea before making a device for snoring.

When should I talk to my
health care provider about snoring?

Consult your sleep doctor if you snore and have any of the following symptoms or signs:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

  • Morning headaches

  • Recent weight gain

  • Awakening in the morning not feeling rested

  • Awakening at night feeling confused

  • Change in your level of attention, concentration, or memory

  • Observed pauses in breathing during sleep

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