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Why do I snore?

Published on January 9, 2013, by in Sleep Disorders.

Snoring is one of those inconvenient sleep problems that some people experience while others never experience. Up to 20 percent of the population or approximately 90 million American adults — 37 million on a regular basis experience the snoring sleep disorder.

Snoring may occur nightly or intermittently. Persons most at risk are males and those who are overweight, but snoring is a problem in both genders. Snoring usually becomes more serious as people age.

It will cause disruptions to your own sleep and most likely to your bed-partner’s sleep. The most common effects that are tied to snoring are daytime sleepiness and health issues along with cardiovascular disease.  Nearly half of people who snore have obstructive sleep apnea. See our sleep apnea article for more information.

During sleep, the muscles in your throat begin to relax, your tongue will fall backward, and then your throat narrows. While you breathe in and out the vibration from the walls of your throat create the snoring noise. The smaller your airway becomes, the more the throat will vibrate and the louder the snore noise will become.

In sever cases, the throat closes completely creating a condition called apnea (cessation of breathing). This is a serious illness that requires medical attention.

A to Z Sleep specializes in all snoring conditions. Contact us today at (386) 423-0505 extension 1234 or email us goodnight@atozsleep.com for complete information on sleep disorders or a sleep study at one of our four sleep lab locations in Central Florida.