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Snoring Facts

  • Snoring is the noise produced during sleep by vibrations of the soft tissues at the back of your nose and throat.
  • The noise is created by turbulent flow of air through narrowed air passages.
  • In general, snoring is now being recognized for its potential to disturb the individuals sleep and in association with other health problems.
  • In patients who snore, a more serious problem related to snoring can occur when those same soft tissues block the air passages at the back of the throat while you are sleeping.
  • This interferes with the ability to breathe. This condition is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and it can directly affect your health.

8 Common Causes of Snoring

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  • The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea increases with age.
  • Most people diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea are obese. Increased neck fat is thought to narrow the airway, making breathing more difficult.
  • Men are 7-10 times more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea than women.
  • More African Americans have OSA than do whites.
  • Most people with obstructive sleep apnea are older than 40 years, although it is also common in children with loarge tonsils. Weight gain and a decrease in muscle tone occur with aging, and these may play a role in increasing the incidence of OSA.
  • Sleep apnea is more common in women who are postmenopausal.
  • Family history and genetics play a role.
  • Certain neuromuscular conditions may increase the chance of obstructive sleep apnea, as do other medical conditions such as sinus infections, allergies, colds and nasal obstruction, and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland).
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