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What is snoring?

Snoring is noisy breathing that happens when you sleep. When you sleep, the muscles of your throat begin to relax, your tongue falls backward, and your throat becomes narrow and "floppy" causing the walls of your throat to vibrate when you breathe.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, snoring is a common problem that affects approximately 90 million American adults, 37 million of those on a regular basis.

Why do I snore?

There are many different factors that may cause snoring and they vary from person to person. You may have even noticed that you didn't snore previously, but now your partner is telling you that you've started. As we age, our throat muscles tend to start to relax more causing more vibration.

Some other common factors causing snoring are:

  • Enlarged tonsils, adenoids, or nasal polyps
  • Deviated nasal septum
  • Allergies or respiratory infections
  • Obesity
  • Sleeping position
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Muscle relaxants


If someone isn't telling you that you snore you may not even realize it, most people who snore aren't aware themselves.

There are some other symptoms that may be from snoring such as:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Recent weight gain
  • Not feeling rested in the morning
  • Change in levels of concentration/attention

What are the treatment options?

If you're experiencing some of the symptoms mentioned above or your snoring is starting to affect the people around you, it may be time to contact your primary care provider to discuss some potential treatment options that'll best fit your needs.

Depending on your symptoms and what your physician determines would work best, these are commonly used treatments:

  • Lifestyle modification
  • Surgery
  • Appliances
  • Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP)

Tired of not getting a good night's sleep?

Make an appointment with a primary care provider and ask for a referral to Dr. Scott Johnson at Crossing Rivers Health Center for Specialty Care.

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