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About Snoring - Sleep Apnea - Novato, CA

Causes, Risks & Treatment Options

 At least 45% of adults snore occasionally, and 25% are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in men and those who are overweight, and it often worsens with age. Nasal allergies, heartburn and other factors can also contribute to problem snoring.


Causes of Snoring:

Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. This obstruction causes turbulent air flow which produces vibrations of the soft tissue. Snoring is the sound generated from this vibration.  A number of factors may contribute to snoring, including:


  • The anatomy of your mouth. A thickened or floppy soft palate or an elongated uvula, enlarged tonsils or a large tongue. 

  • Nasal congestion. Nasal congestion caused by allergies or a deviated septum can also obstruct your breathing.

  • Being overweight. Extra mass in the neck and throat can narrow the airway, making it harder to breathe clearly.

  • Alcohol consumption. Alcohol before bedtime further relaxes muscles in the throat, making obstruction and snoring more likely.



Snoring can cause embarrassment and disrupt the sleep of loved ones. It can place immense strain on relationships while driving spouses to sleep separately from their partner. But snoring is also a medical issue, disrupting sleep patterns and depriving the snorer of appropriate rest.

In addition to the noise and discomfort of snoring, problem snorers and their sleep partners may also experience:


  • Daytime sleepiness

  • Sore throat

  • Relationship problems

  • High blood pressure

  • Gasping or choking during sleep

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