Many of us have encountered snoring at some point in our lives. But what exactly causes it and more importantly, can we make it stop? Snoring is the vibration that results from air passing through a partially narrowed or blocked airway. Occasional snoring isn’t a big health concern, but if it is consistent, it can affect the quality of your sleep. Snoring can affect someone’s ability to function while awake, their health, and also their relationships.
Are you guilty of keeping others awake from your snoring? Or maybe you think you snore, but you’re not quite sure? Here are some common symptoms you may experience:
- Dry, sore throat when you wake up
- Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
- Feeling tired or lack of energy during the day
- Feeling drowsy while driving
- Morning headaches
- Restless sleep
- Forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex
While commonplace, snoring can actually be a sign of something more serious and is worth looking into. It is important to understand if snoring is related to an underlying medical condition like sleep apnea and should always be discussed with your family physician.
Our sleep specialists may recommend various types of therapy such as a nasal splint, oral appliance or CPAP, a device used commonly in sleep apnea therapy.