Randall T Weingarten MD
snoring, Sleep Disorder, Sleep Disorder Centers
Snoring is noisy breathing occurring when there is an obstruction to airflow through the passages at the back of the nose and mouth during inhalation. Snoring results when upper airway structures come in contact with each other and vibrate during breathing.
Snoring may be caused by:
Decreased muscle tone in the tongue and throat: When muscles are too relaxed, the tongue falls backwards into the airway or the throat muscles draw in from the sides into the airway. Conditions that cause decreased muscle tone include alcohol, sedative medications and extreme fatigue.
Excessive bulkiness of throat tissue: Children with large tonsils and adenoids often snore. People who are overweight may have excess soft tissue surrounding and narrowing the throat. Throat or neck tumors can also cause airway narrowing.
Long soft palate and/or uvula: A long palate narrows the opening from the nose into the throat.
Nasal obstruction: Snoring may occur due to nasal congestion from a cold or allergies. Other conditions such as deviated nasal septum can also cause snoring.
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