Snoring is the act of breathing through the open mouth that cause a vibration of the uvula and soft palate. The cause of snoring is a blockage in the breathing passage. Here are a few causes of snoring.
  • Throat weakness causing the throat to close during sleep
  • Mispositioned jaw, often caused by tension in muscles
  • Fat gathering in, and around, the throat
  • Obstruction in the nasal passageway
  • Allergies

Usually snoring causes sleep loss for both the snorer and their sleep partner. The snorer may wake frequently, either from the snoring or from the jostling to stop the snoring.  The sleep partner has trouble sleeping deeply because of the snoring noise (spousal arousal syndrome).  

Serious symptoms from snoring are:  Excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches and fluid retention.  Snoring has been linked to increased risk of stroke; diabetes; high blood pressure; and heart disease. Snoring can also be a symptom of sleep apnea.

Anyone who snores and has one or more of these symptoms should be evaluated by a Board Certified Sleep Specialists.