Almost half of adults snore, a condition that can affect your quality of life and overall health. Located in Goshen and South Bend, Indiana, the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders determines the reason you’re snoring and recommends effective therapies, such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. The team includes snoring expert Doug Liepert, MD, who is a double board-certified surgeon in sleep medicine. Find out why you’re snoring today by calling the office to schedule a consultation.
Snoring is a common condition where your airway is blocked while you sleep. The snoring sound occurs when tissues at the top of your airway relax. These tissues partially block your airway and vibrate as you sleep.
Snoring happens at nearly any age but is more common among people who are older or overweight. Men tend to snore more than women do. Severe snoring can make you wake up at night, causing you to feel exhausted and sleepy during the day.
Snoring may be a warning sign of an underlying serious sleep disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If snoring is affecting your life or the life of your partner, it’s best to contact the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders to pinpoint the reason or reasons you’re snoring.
Various factors can lead to snoring, such as:
Your palate is the firm structure on the roof of your mouth, and a low or thick palate can shrink your airway. Similarly, an unusually long uvula (the tissue hanging from the back of your throat) can block your airway, causing snoring.
Carrying extra weight may cause additional tissue to form in the back of your throat. The excess tissue may restrict your airway, leading to snoring.
Consuming a few alcoholic drinks before bed relaxes your throat muscles. This increases the likelihood the muscles will block your airway when you sleep.
A chronic stuffy nose may contribute to your snoring. A deviated nasal septum also may be to blame.
Sleeping on your back causes your airway to narrow. This occurs because the force of gravity applies pressure on your throat.
Snoring also can be a cyclic problem. It deprives you of sleep, which may make your throat relax when you do sleep, leading to more snoring.
The team at the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders recommends one or more snoring treatments based on the reasons you’re snoring, your health, and other factors. Common remedies include a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device. With a CPAP, you wear a mask that delivers just enough air pressure to keep your airway open while you sleep.
To learn more about effective care for snoring, call the Center for Sleep and Nasal Sinus Disorders today to schedule a consultation.