A noisy warning sign
Snoring can be a lot more than an irritant to your bedroom partner or others within earshot. It is often a symptom of a more serious condition, such as sleep apnea.
Snoring occurs when the flow of air to the lungs is disturbed during sleep, usually due to a blockage or narrowing of the airway in the nose, mouth or throat. Snoring can greatly reduce your sleep quality, causing damage to your mental, physical and emotional well-being.
Symptoms affecting your sleep
While snoring is common in adults, affecting nearly 40 percent of men and 25 percent of women, it can be a symptom of a more serious health issue. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should contact one of our sleep doctors:
- Excessive daytime drowsiness
- Headaches after waking up
- Difficulty concentrating
- Snoring interrupted by pauses and gasps for air
- Recent weight gain
- Waking up each morning not feeling rested
Treatments for snoring
The type of treatment for your snoring will depend on the cause of the snoring. Our sleep experts will evaluate your sleeping habits and work with you to determine the source of your snoring and the best treatment option for you.
Often, making small lifestyle changes can effectively treat snoring. These changes can include:
- Maintaining a healthy body weight
- Reducing your alcohol intake
- Sleeping on your side rather than on your back
If you or a loved one is concerned about snoring, call one of our sleep health locations to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today.