Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. It is a common problem among all ages and both genders. Snoring may occur nightly or intermittently. Persons most at risk are males and those who are overweight, but snoring is a problem of both genders, although it is possible that women do not present with this complaint as frequently as men. Snoring usually becomes more serious as people age. It can cause disruptions to your own sleep and your bed-partner's sleep. It can lead to fragmented and un-refreshing sleep which translates into poor daytime function (tiredness and sleepiness).
There are several factors which facilitate snoring:
- Normal aging process leads to the relaxation of the throat muscles, thus resulting in snoring.
- Anatomical abnormalities of the nose and throat, such as enlarged tonsils or adenoids, nasal polyps, or deviated nasal septum cause exaggerated narrowing of the throat during sleep and thus lead to snoring.
- Functional abnormalities (e.g. inflammation of the nose and/or throat as may occur during respiratory infection or during allergy season) will result in snoring.
- Sleep position, such as sleeping on your back, may lead to snoring in some people.
- Alcohol is a potent muscle relaxant and its ingestion in the evening will cause snoring. Muscle relaxants taken in the evening may lead to or worsen snoring in some individuals.
- One of the most important risk factors is obesity, and in particular having a lot of fatty tissue around the neck.
At Azamay we will take a detailed history, perform a physical exam and will determine whether you require a consultation with a sleep specialist and a sleep test to determine if you have sleep apnoea.
If you do not require specialist treatment, we treat snoring with:
- Lifestyle modification (i.e. avoidance of risk factors mentioned above, sleep position training if applicable, treatment of allergies if applicable, etc.)
- Anti-snoring appliance
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