Why am I Snoring?

Snoring is the snorting or grunting sound made during sleep. These sounds occur when the respiratory structures are obstructed, causing the movement of air in the throat to vibrate.

What causes snoring?

Snoring can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Alcohol
  • Sleeping pills
  • Smoking
  • Excess body weight
  • Sleeping position
  • Allergy
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sleep position
  • Overbite or malocclusion.

How to stop snoring

Because there is often more than one cause for snoring, a multifaceted approach to treatment is recommended. The treatment of snoring can involve:

Lifestyle changes. Losing weight, increasing daily activity and exercise and making modifications to diet can reduce snoring. Decreasing alcohol consumption and smoking can also improve sleep health and snoring.

Sleep position. Sleep position can impact the severity of snoring. In the majority of cases, side sleep is recommended to reduce snoring.

Medication. Whilst medication can’t directly treat the symptoms of snoring, it can be helpful in treating some of the underlying causes. Allergies may be effectively treated with antihistamines, opening the airways for clearer breathing. Nasal decongestants may assist in clearing the nasal passages.

Oral devices. If snoring is the result of overbite or malocclusion, an occlusal splint, or specially-made dental appliance, may assist in repositioning the jaw and opening the airway. A common treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnoea caused by snoring, an occlusal splint works to push the lower jaw forward, giving the tongue more room in the mouth. If the malocclusion is severe, orofacial, dental or orthodontic treatment may be needed to treat the cause.

Surgery. Several surgical techniques are available to correct snoring. These include uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), uvulopalatoplasty (UP), palate implants and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the soft palate.

Should I be concerned about my snoring?

Snoring that results in sleep apnoea can be serious. Untreated, it can interrupt sleep as many as one hundred times a night. Simple changes to your sleep routine, health habits and sleep position may reduce your snoring.

What should I do if I am concerned about my snoring?

For a comprehensive assessment of your snoring and the treatment options available, book an assessment with us today.