When we sleep, the muscles that keep our airways open relax, narrowing the airways’ opening. This causes adjoining structures to vibrate, which leads to snoring.
Factors that contribute to narrowed airways:
- Abnormally large tonsils
- Abnormally long soft palate
- Excessive fatty tissue in obese persons
- Lower jaw positioned toward the rear of the mouth
- Large tongue placed too far back—this can narrow airways even further if you sleep on your back
Snoring is often a benign condition that is mostly disruptive to others. Nonetheless, it can be the symptom of a more serious ailment: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This medical condition affects 2% of women and 4% of men aged 30 to 60. Only a specialized doctor, like a respirologist specialized in sleep disorders, can diagnose sleep apnea.
Bothered by your snoring? Contact us today and our team will provide you with helpful advice and refer you to a specialist, if needed.