But snoring is not something to take so lightly. It can actually be a sign that something is wrong and can also have some serious effects on your health.
Causes of SnoringThere are multiple things that could be causing you to snore.
|•||Your age. As you get older, your muscles weaken, even those in your mouth. As a result, your tongue is more likely to fall back into your throat, partially blocking your airway.|
|•||Drinking, smoking, or certain medications. These all relax your muscles, making your tongue more liable to slip back. Smoking can also irritate the airways, making them inflamed.|
|•||Allergies can block your airway.|
|•||A deviated septum.|
|•||Your weight. If you are overweight, you may have a buildup of fatty tissue in your throat, which can block breathing.|
|•||Sleep apnea. Whereas most of the above block your airway partially, sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing for a brief period of time occasionally throughout the night.|
While snoring might just seem like an irritating sound that keeps your partner awake at night and gives you a sore throat in the morning, it can actually lead to more significant health issues, particularly if you suffer from sleep apnea.
|•||Sleepiness during the daytime. This can be a big problem, because excessive sleepiness can impair your reaction time as well as lead to poor performance and possible injury.|
|•||Frequent waking. Many who suffer from snoring wake themselves up. They may also be light sleepers, as a result of trying to keep their muscles from relaxing. Waking up often can also be the result of interruptions in breathing.|
|•||GERD. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is a chronic issue in which stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, irritating the lining.|
|•||Low blood oxygen levels. This can lead to high blood pressure.|
|•||An irregular heartbeat. While this is usually not a threatening issue, when combined with sleep apnea, it can lead to severe heart problems.|
|•||Heart problems. Aside from high blood pressure, sleep apnea can cause an enlarged heart and a greater risk for heart attack and stroke.|
If you snore, don't ignore it. It could be indicative of a larger health issue. Contact our office right away.