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Breathing during sleep accompanied by hoarse or harsh sounds, caused by vibration of the roof of the mouth (soft palate).
Loud breathing during sleep; Increased upper airway resistance syndrome
Snorers are often not aware that they snore. Snoring is usually normal and not an indication of an underlying disorder.
Rarely, however, snoring can be an indication of a serious sleep disorder (sleep apnea). People who snore and have quiet periods lasting more than 10 seconds have some degree of sleep apnea and are at risk for chronic hypoxia (a condition where there is an insufficient blood oxygen level).
Weight loss can sometimes greatly reduce snoring. If snoring is a result of too much alcohol or sedation at bedtime, then reduce consumption or cut it out altogether. Avoid sleeping flat on the back; sleep on the side if possible.
Call your health care provider if
What to expect at our office
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Medical history questions documenting snoring in detail may include:
The physical examination may include an investigation into sleep patterns. Referral to a sleep specialist (for sleep studies) may be needed.
Your physician may prescribe one or more treatment options.