What Causes Snoring? How do you Treat It? Here is Your Total Guide from eos Sleep NY
Although snoring might seem to be a very private habit, the consequences of snoring can upset relationships at work and at home. Most people ignore a snoring problem. They will often hide it and pretend it doesn’t exist. Although many people are reluctant to admit that they have a problem, it is thought that more than forty million Americans snore every night.
The sleep loss associated with snoring impairs a person’s ability to perform tasks involving memory, learning, reasoning, and mathematical processes. Since heavy snoring can carry great health risks, it’s a responsible choice to seek treatment, which starts with learning more about snoring, and acknowledging you have a problem.
New York City’s snoring sufferers have relied on eos Sleep NY, formerly Manhattan Snoring and Sleep Center for personalized care and treatment of their snoring disorders for many years. This section of our Website is meant to educate you on the different causes of snoring, and the various treatments that will help you stop snoring.
Causes of Snoring
Anatomically, we all have the same components in the nose and throat. So what causes snoring in some people? During sleep, the throat relaxes and the tongue falls into the airway in the back of the throat causing a vibration in the soft tissue. Snoring is caused by the vibration of tissues in the back of the nose and throat. This vibration is often caused when there is an interruption to the free flow of air through the nose and throat. There are many reasons why air may block breathing so people can snore for many different reasons. For example, a person’s weight can make a difference, injuries in the nose and throat can cause blockages in the airways, and some people are born with narrow passages.
Disruption of Airflow that Leads to Snoring can be Caused by Some of the Following:
Deviated Nasal Septum
A nasal septum consists of bone and cartilage, and its function is to separate the nasal cavity into right and left partitions. A nasal septum may take on an abnormal shape from a birth defect or when the nose is broken. A deviated nasal septum is one that has an uneven shape that may block breathing.
A polyp is a small benign tumor that grows inside the nose or sinus cavity. One or more polyps may block breathing through the nose.
Nasal turbinates are bulgy structures inside the nasal cavity made of ridge-shaped cartilage or soft bony tissue. They are covered by mucous membranes that clean, moisten, and warm inspired air. If the mucous membranes become infected or inflamed, the air passages in the nose can become constricted and breathing may be blocked.
Sinusitis or Sinus Disease
A prolonged bacterial infection in the nasal passages can cause a nasal obstruction and a nasal obstruction can also cause an increase in the growth of bacteria.
Abnormally Relaxed Muscles
Relaxed throat and tongue muscles can potentially block breathing during sleep.
A Large Tongue or Tonsils
If the tongue or tonsils are large in comparison to the windpipe, breathing may be blocked.
Shape of the Head and Neck
The shape of the head and neck may be small.
Extra soft fat tissue can cause a narrowing of the windpipe.
Smoking leads to irritation and dryness of mucous membranes.
Alcohol, Sedatives, and Sedating Antihistamines
Alcohol, sedatives, and sedating antihistamines lower muscle tone in the upper airways, causing an increased airway resistance and snoring.
For some people, and increased amount of obstruction occurs when they sleep on their backs. Described as positional snoring, this type of snoring explains a snorer’s common complaint of being “frequently assaulted” through the night and implored to roll over.
Sleep Apnea is the most common sleep disorder, and it’s also the most dangerous. People who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing dozens of times during sleep and may not breathe for as much as three fourths of the time they’re asleep.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Because snorers are asleep while they snore, they’re usually unaware of their problem. However, symptoms of snoring can adversely affect a snorer’s waking life in both their workday and in their relationships. It may also be difficult for them to make a connection between snoring and daytime symptoms.
Daytime symptoms of snoring include:
Irritability and Burnout
Poor Memory and Concentration
Poor Job Performance
In-Office Snoring Exams, Sleep Studies and More Methods to Diagnosis Snoring
There are so many reasons a person can snore that finding your diagnosis can be difficult. You’ll likely to want to consult with your family doctor first about your snoring, and then he or she will probably refer you to a specialist since most medical practitioners are not familiar with sleep disorders.
To determine the cause of your snoring, you will need a snoring specialist to run a series of simple to complex tests. A visit to an otolaryngologist (ENT Doctor) at a snoring center will diagnose the cause of your snoring. If surgery or other medical treatment is necessary, before they will pay for your treatment your insurance company will most likely require that you have an over-night sleep study at a sleep lab to study sleeping and breathing patterns, especially if it is suspected that you may have sleep apnea.