Snoring is not simply a quality of life issue. It can also be a health issue for some individuals. Snoring occurs when air cannot move freely through the nose and throat during sleep. Often, there is some type of obstruction causing the surrounding tissues to vibrate, which produces the sound we associate with snoring. The position of the tongue can also play a role in causing snoring.
Intermittent snoring generally should not be cause for alarm. If you snore every night, you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which can lead to daytime fatigue and other problems. Whether you have an underlying health condition or simply wish to give your partner a more restful night of sleep, Dr. Bradford Ress can treat snoring at his Boca Raton, FL clinic.
People snore for different reasons. Once Dr. Ress diagnoses the underlying cause of your breathing obstruction, you can begin enjoying a deeper, quieter, and more restful night of sleep.
Symptoms of Snoring
Most individuals who snore at night are not aware of the problem unless someone tells them. There are multiple symptoms that accompany snoring. If you experience any of these on a regular basis, it may be a reason to visit our medical clinic.
- Pauses in breathing during sleep
- Daytime drowsiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Restless sleep
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain at night
If you experience these symptoms on a regular basis, it may be an indication that you have obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Ress will be able to determine whether you have OSA or a related condition.
Causes of Snoring
During the sleep cycle, the muscles on the roof of a patient’s mouth can relax when the individual transitions from light to deep sleep. At this point, the tissues of the throat can relax and partially block the airway. The more narrow the airway, the louder the snoring. Common causes of snoring include:
- The anatomy of the mouth
- Alcohol consumption
- Nasal problems (deviated nasal septum, congestion, crook nostril partition)
- Lack of sleep
- Sleep position
Known risk factors for sleeping include:
- Gender (Men snore more often than women)
- Body weight
- Narrow airways
- Alcohol consumption
- Family history of OSA
- History of nasal congestion
Tips for Reducing Snoring at Night
Dr. Ress will provide you with a customized treatment plan to address snoring. Many of our patients have found relief from snoring by adjusting their sleep position, addressing nasal congestion, using nasal strips at night, using a humidifier, or sleeping with an anti-snoring mouth appliance.
Losing weight, exercising, cutting back on alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, and cutting back on certain medications are proven lifestyle choices that can aid in reducing snoring.
Address Snoring With a Qualified ENT Doctor
In the days or weeks before your visit, write down your symptoms and make a list of medications that you are taking. Dr. Ress wants his patients to be informed about any potential conditions they may have. Questions that you may want to ask during your exam should include:
- Are there any steps I can take on my own that will help my snoring?
- I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together?
- What makes me snore when I sleep?
Dr. Ress is an esteemed ENT doctor with many years of experience treating snoring and other throat-related problems. To schedule your visit with Dr. Ress, contact our Boca Raton, FL office online or call us at (561) 353-7377.