Almost 50% of all people snore at least occasionally, and 25% of all people are considered habitual snorers. While snoring can certainly be disruptive to others, it may also be a sign of a bigger problem called obstructive sleep apnea. This disorder can affect both adults and children. Not every patient who snores has obstructive sleep apnea, but almost all patients with this condition will snore. CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat offers the expertise to evaluate, diagnose, and treat snoring and sleep disorders that can have a serious impact on your health.
Causes Of Snoring
Deformities of the nose (deviated septum) – This physical abnormality can cause an obstruction that leads to or worsens snoring.
Bulky tissue in the throat – Large tonsils and adenoids can cause snoring and restless nights. The same can be true for overweight people who have excess soft tissue that can narrow the airway. Cysts or tumors are also possible causes of snoring, but this is a rare situation.
Long soft palate and/or uvula – The excessive length of the soft palate and/or uvula creates noise during relaxed breathing.
Stuffy nose – A stuffy or blocked nose creates an exaggerated vacuum in the throat that pulls together the floppy tissues of the throat, which leads to snoring. In cases like this, snoring may only occur during allergy season or with a cold or sinus infection.
Poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat – muscles that are too relaxed allow the tongue to fall backward into the airway and/or allow the throat muscles to draw from the sides into the airway. Lack of muscle control can be increased by the use of drugs that cause drowsiness, including alcohol.