Snoring can be irritating, not only to a healthy sleeping pattern but others around you as well. Snoring occurs when the tongue and the muscles in your throat relax, which leads to the airway becoming narrower. When you take a breath in, the throat vibrates, generating the sound of snoring. The narrower the air pathway becomes, the louder the snoring can be.
Snoring is more likely to occur in older individuals since our throat muscles become more relaxed as we grow older. Other factors can cause snoring, so a consultation with one of our ENT specialists is necessary for proper diagnosis. Some factors include obstructed nasal passages, sleep positions, obesity, swollen tonsils, medications, or a deviated septum.
However, most individuals don’t know they have a snoring problem, especially if they don’t sleep with anyone else. Although some signs and symptoms may suggest snoring, such as daytime sleepiness, headaches, waking up throughout the night, and a decrease in concentration. If you experience any of these symptoms or have been told your snoring is a nuisance, consult with Alabama Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialists today to determine treatment options for you.
Depending on a physical examination and testing conducted by our ENT specialists, treatment options may vary. For milder cases, changes in lifestyle, such as sleep position, avoiding alcohol, and decongestants, may be all that is necessary to treat the condition. For more severe cases, or sleep apnea, surgical options and a small gadget technology can open the airway and allow continuous breathing while you’re sleeping.
If you suffer from distressing snoring and want to find a solution, contact us today for diagnosis and explore your treatment options.