Snoring is not fun for anyone. It keeps everyone around you awake, can cause physical and mental strain, and can even be an indicator of more dangerous health issues. But what exactly causes snoring? Let’s take a look at the facts.
What causes snoring?
When your airways narrow and your throat muscles relax, the muscles in your throat vibrate with the inhalation and exhalation of air. This vibration causing the sound of snoring. Snoring can be caused by multiple factors, such as:
- Sleep posture: Sleeping on your back can make you more susceptible to snoring. The tissue at the back of your throat can fall backwards and block your airway, which leads to snoring.
- Being overweight: Excessive fatty tissues in your throat can lead to the restriction of the throat muscles, which causes snoring.
- Sinus problems: Swelling of the sinuses can restrict nasal passages, which can lead to difficulty breathing and an increased chance of snoring.
- Age: As you begin to age, your body naturally begins to relax and lose muscle tone, causing your muscles to fall back into your airways, which is followed by snoring.
- Drinking alcohol: Alcoholic beverages cause increased muscle relaxation. This allows the muscles in the throat to over-relax and disrupt airflow, causing snoring.
These are the most common reasons that snoring occurs, but plenty more exist as well.
What are the dangers of heavy snoring?
Snoring can be a sign of a much bigger problem called obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when your breathing stops for a few seconds, and can happen throughout the entire night. It is caused by the blockage of the upper respiratory airways through the collapse of throat muscles. Those who develop sleep apnea may not even know it. It is typically characterized by heavy snoring, restless sleep, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Each of these symptoms can take a serious toll on the affected sleeper.
Balloon Sinuplasty may be a possible solution.
Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive procedure and a possible effective treatment that enlarges a clear path to your blocked sinus cavities. Specifically, a saline solution is used to clean out any mucus and pus that may be trapped in your sinus cavities. With the help of Balloon Sinuplasty for snoring, you’ll have unobstructed sinuses, and will be able to breathe normally again and to enjoy a safe and restful sleep.
At Kaplan Sinus Relief, we want to help you defeat your snoring. Dr. Kaplan offers the revolutionary Balloon Sinuplasty solution at his office in Houston. If you’re ready to sleep better and reduce snoring, contact us for a consultation today.