Snoring is a sound produced by air passing through the upper airway during sleep. It is caused by a narrowing or blockage of the airway, which restricts the flow of air and results in vibrations of the soft tissues in the throat.in line with the publication of Cleveland Clinic, listed below are the condition that causes a person to snore.
1. Alcohol; Alcohol relaxes the muscles in the throat, which can narrow the airway and cause the tissue to vibrate, leading to snoring. Consuming alcohol close to bedtime can make snoring worse.
2. Excess body fat; Excess body fat, particularly around the neck and upper chest area, can restrict airflow which can lead to snoring. This is because the extra fatty tissue can narrow the airways, making it harder for air to pass through and causing vibrations in the throat that lead to snoring.
3. Nasal congestion; Nasal congestion can block airways and make it difficult for a person to breathe, causing them to snore. Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft tissue in the back of the throat. When the airway is blocked due to nasal congestion, the vibration is amplified, resulting in louder snoring.
What are the symptoms of Snoring?
Snoring is usually characterized by loud, repetitive noises made when breathing during sleep. Common symptoms of snoring include daytime sleepiness, dry mouth, sore throat, and headaches. In more severe cases, snoring can be associated with sleep apnea, which can cause difficulty breathing and an increased risk of heart disease.
How is snoring diagnosed? Snoring is typically diagnosed with a physical examination and a sleep study. During the physical examination, your doctor may ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history. A sleep study, also known as a polysomnogram, can measure how much and how often you snore. It can also measure factors that may be causing your snoring, such as sleep apnea.
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