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Snoring Is a Symptom of Another Problem
Posted on 8/23/2021 by Dr. Michael Allard
Snoring occurs when your airway is obstructed during sleep, causing noisy breathing. Everyone at a point in their life will snore, but the condition is more common in men than women. Snoring may also worsen with age. Contrary to the myth that snoring indicates deep sleep, it could be a sign of another problem. Thus, if you or your partner snores so loud, it could be time to see us for diagnosis. Among the problems snoring could indicate are sleep apnea, obesity, and enlarged tonsils.
If you snore regularly, you could be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is characterized by brief yet continuous interruptions of your breathing during sleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea include gasping for air at night and loud snoring. Due to the constant sleep interruptions, you will likely wake up with headaches and fatigue due to a lack of quality sleep. Your daytime concentration will also be poor, making it difficult for you to complete tasks. Sleep apnea can also cause chest pains, and if untreated, it will predispose you to high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
Obesity and Enlarged Tonsils
Obesity can cause your throat tissue to become bulky if the fat deposits are on your neck, blocking your airway. Managing your weight through regular exercise may help to reduce snoring. In children, large tonsils can cause snoring. This happens due to the tonsils and adenoids being located close to the upper airway. Therefore, removing the tonsils will help alleviate the snoring. Other problems that snoring could signal are endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism, characterized by the low release of thyroid hormone, which predisposes an individual to sleep apnea. Genetic syndromes such as cleft palate and Down syndrome may also affect the facial and jaw structure, causing snoring. Therefore, if you persistently snore, you should schedule an appointment with us to diagnose and treat any underlying conditions. For more details on snoring and its impact on your health, contact our office today.