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Snoring is a common problem. Our doctors and specialists can help you and your loved ones understand snoring and the effects of snoring on health and well-being.

What is snoring?

Snoring is a sound that is made when you’re asleep. This could mean that your breathing is blocked in some way. Snoring is very common but more so in older adults and people who are overweight. Sometimes children snore, too. Snoring can caused by sleep apnea, which also can cause pauses in breathing.

What are the causes of snoring?

The sound snoring makes is cause by the tissues at the top of your airway striking each other and vibrating. This can be caused by a few different things, such as:

  • Being overweight

  • Drinking too much alcohol

  • Sleeping on your back

  • Sleep apnea

  • Having a cold or allergies

  • GERD or acid reflux

  • Large tonsils or adenoids (usually in children)

Snoring diagnosis and treatment

Snoring could be a sign of a more serious problem, such as sleep apnea. Your provider may recommend that you or a loved one have a sleep study that monitors breathing during sleep. Depending on the diagnosis, your provider may recommend:

  • Exercise and weight loss

  • CPAP airway machine

  • Surgery, such as a tonsillectomy (remove tonsils) or adenoidectomy (remove adenoids)

  • Respiratory therapy