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How do ENTs define the condition known as snoring?
Snoring is a common condition that can affect anyone, although it does occur more often in men. Snoring tends to get worse as you age, and it is also more common if you are overweight. If you are a habitual snorer, you are compromising your own sleep quality and health as well as disrupting the sleep patterns of those close to you.
Why do I snore?
While it's difficult to pinpoint all of the reasons why an individual snores without first consulting an ENT, some of the most common reasons are:
- You are overweight
- You sleeping on your back
- Sleeping with your mouth open
- Smoking and alcohol consumption
- Having a blocked nose
- Environmental triggers
What are some of the dangers (other than being tired) that can occur because an individual snores?
Frequent snoring can make you feel fatigued, drowsy and irritable. Snoring may be an indication of obstructed breathing and should not be taken lightly. If you snore nightly, you can be at risk for health problems that include high blood pressure and increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Why is diagnosing snoring important?
Protecting your health and quality of life are at the top of the list, but other significant reasons include restoring your sleep quality, your mood, and your day and nighttime energy levels.
If I snore loudly, does this mean I have sleep apnea?
Not all loud snorers have sleep apnea. A true sign of sleep apnea is when the loud snoring suddenly stops and is punctuated by choking/snorting sounds. Loud snoring is often seen as a stepping stone towards obstructive sleep apnea.
Why do men snore more than women?
Men are more prone to snoring because of their airway anatomy. Increased proportions of soft tissue and a predisposition to gain fat on the neck are more present in males than females and male hormones enhance airway collapsibility, where female hormones protect against it.