Sleep Disorders
All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
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What Causes Snoring



Snoring is caused by a number of factors, including the structure of your nose, mouth and throat that lead to the obstruction of airflow during sleep.  This may occur due to obstructed nasal passages from allergies or sinus infections.  Nasal deformities such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps also make it more difficult for air to flow through the nose and throat while sleeping.  Poor muscle tone in your tongue and throat also contribute to snoring. These muscles relax and block the airway, especially when you are in an excessively deep sleep (due to medication or alcohol consumption).  The opening at the back of the throat can also be blocked because of a long uvula or bulky soft palate.  This puts pressure on the back of the throat and can cause you to make a snarling sound while breathing. Many of these factors are common in people who are overweight, and sleeping on your back increases the chances that these traits will result in snoring.

Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea  can be connected to snoring. Since the throat being blocked by some type of obstruction causes sleep apnea, snoring is a tell-tale sign that you might have the sleep disorder sleep apnea.


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