Millions of people suffer with snoring — and their loved ones suffer, too! While everyone snores occasionally, frequent snoring can affect the quality and quantity of your sleep. Poor sleep can lead to daytime fatigue, irritability, and increased health problems.

Discovering the causes of your snoring and finding the right cure can vastly improve your health, your relationships, and, of course, your sleep!

What Are Some Causes Of Snoring?

The muscles and tissues of the throat relax as sleep settles in, causing the airway to shrink. As the airway becomes smaller, the soft tissues begin to vibrate with inhaling and exhaling, causing snoring. Other common causes of snoring include:

  • Age over 40 years old — As you reach middle age and beyond, your throat becomes more narrow, and the muscle tone in your throat decreases.
  • Male — Men have a more narrow air passage than women do, and are more likely to snore.
  • Family history of snoring and sleep apnea — A narrow throat, a cleft palate, enlarged adenoids, and other physical attributes (which contribute to snoring) can be hereditary. Some groups are at higher risk — Black, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander.
  • Nasal and sinus problems — Blocked airways make inhalation difficult and create a vacuum in the throat, leading to snoring.
  • Overweight — Fatty tissue and poor muscle tone contribute to snoring.
  • Alcohol, smoking, and medications — Alcohol intake, smoking (or second-hand smoke), and certain medications are additional causes of snoring as they increase muscle relaxation.
  • Sleep posture — Sleeping flat on your back can cause the soft tissues of your throat to relax and collapse, blocking the airway.

Snoring And Sleep Apnea

Snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition that requires medical attention. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway completely closes and blocks airflow into the lungs. The brain responds to the lack of oxygen by alerting the body to wake up and begin breathing again. A person with sleep apnea wakes up many times a night to regain breathing, but usually doesn’t remember it. Those suffering from sleep apnea are at risk for serious health problems.

How do you distinguish between snoring and sleep apnea? The most important sign is how you feel during the day. Normal snoring doesn’t interfere with the quality of your sleep. If you suffer from extreme fatigue and sleepiness, you should check for sleep apnea.

Now Is The Time To Learn More About Snoring And Sleep Apnea

Do you suffer with snoring? Or do you love someone who snores? It’s time to diagnose the causes of snoring in your specific situation and learn about solutions to dramatically improve your life!

In the South San Francisco – Pacifica area, Dr. Hovden is the expert sleep apnea dentist that can help diagnose the causes of snoring and determine the appropriate snoring and sleep apnea treatment. Call the Daly City office of Dr. Kenneth Hovden DDS today at 650-755-6000 or send the simple form on this page for a free consultation.

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