We don’t need to tell you what snoring is. Chances are good you’ve heard it at some point during your life, or perhaps you snore yourself. After all, studies show that between 30-50 percent of adults snore. We’re all more than familiar what snoring sounds like — but what causes it?

To put it simply, snoring occurs when your breathing is obstructed while sleeping, causing the walls of the throat to vibrate and produce the sound we call “snoring.” Snoring can be caused by obstructed nasal airways, bulky throat tissue, poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue, and long soft palates or uvulas.

Snoring can keep you up as well as anyone sleeping in the room with you. In addition to losing sleep, snoring may be indicative of a more serious health concern. Snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, in which a person’s breathing is interrupted while sleeping.

The otolaryngologists at our sleep centers can examine your nasal and throat passages for any blockages. In addition, you may choose to undergo a sleep study for further testing so that a sleep technician may monitor your body’s functions during sleep.

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