Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in throat, nose and soft palates causing tissues to make vibrating loud sounds. Nearly everyone snores now and then, but for some people it can be a chronic problem. Sometimes it may also indicate a serious health condition. In addition, snoring can be a nuisance to your partner. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a potentially serious disorder characterized by episodes of loud snoring followed by periods of briefly stopped breathing (at least 10 seconds).
In deep sleep, the air passage becomes narrow during the relaxation of muscles & soft palates of tongue & throat. Substances that can relax these muscles may cause you to snore. This includes alcohol, muscle relaxants and other medications. Normal aging and the prolonged effects of smoking can also relax your throat and tongue muscles.
Extra tissue in the throat can vibrate as you breathe in air in your sleep, causing you to snore. People who are overweight, obese or pregnant often have extra bulky throat tissue. Genetic factors that can cause snoring include extra throat tissue as well as enlarged tonsils, large adenoids, long soft palate or long uvula.
You need to see a doctor in cases of:
There are many ways to investigate the degree of snoring helping in associating the same with chances of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.