There is no reason to be embarrassed about snoring or to feel alone. About 90 million Americans, about a third of whom are women, have a snoring problem.
Snoring is often related to a medical problem, not to gender or hygiene. Although you should not be ashamed of snoring, you should still take the condition seriously.
There are many stereotypes about snoring. They can be harmful as they can cause patients to feel embarrassed and prevent them from seeking treatment.
Snoring is commonly associated with men and people who are overweight. However, even if you are physically fit you can suffer from snoring.
Snoring has several possible causes. A common cause is vibration of the muscular roof of the mouth (also known as the soft palate). Nasal obstructions and an enlarged tonsils, back of tongue and/or uvula can lead to snoring. (The uvula is the piece of dangling soft tissue found above the back of your tongue.)
In children, snoring is usually due to enlarged adenoids and/or enlarged tonsils. (The adenoids are behind the soft palate. The tonsils are glands in the back of your mouth on both sides of your throat.)
Snoring can have a negative impact on your personal life. It can also affect your health.
If you snore, and also have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), this can lead to:
- daytime drowsiness
- decreased libido and energy
- weight gain
- high blood pressure
- increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Do not delay: have your snoring problem examined. Dr Miller will help you understand and manage your snoring and associated problems.
For more information about treatments for snoring, please book a consultation appointment.