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Snoring

 

Snoring refers to the sound made by vibration of the tissues at the back of nose and throat while breathing during sleeping.

Causes

  • Obstructed nasal passage due to deviated septum, cold etc.
  • Weakness of throat muscles due to old age
  • Overweight causing fat to press in and around throat
  • Obstruction due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • Alcohol consumption before bed time

Symptoms

  • Audible sounds of tissue vibration on breathing while sleeping

Treatment

Treatment aims at clearing the blockage of the breathing passage and may include:

  • Losing weight if overweight
  • Dental devices to bring the lower jaw or tongue forward
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to keep the airways open
  • Surgery to remove excess tissue or correct abnormalities

Prevention

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid sleeping on the back
  • Avoid alcohol before bed time
  • Avoid nasal blockages
  • Sleep with the head elevated