How to Stop Snoring?

90 million Americans snore. Chances are the rest of us live with a snorer. Not to worry, there's hope and a solution for you or your partner's snoring!

Get to the Root of Why You Snore

According to a 2002 poll by The National Sleep Foundation, about 40% of adult men and 24% of adult women are habitual snorers. That’s a lot of us who are making a lot of noise in our sleep. For those of us who are not snoring, chances are we sleep with a partner who snores.

Understanding why you're snoring is the first step in treating snoring. Snoring can be caused by blockage in the airway, in the nose, or in the palate and the tongue. Sometimes it's a combination of more than one of these.

A proper snoring exam is the first step to stop snoring.

Risks if Snoring Goes Untreated

The problem with snoring isn’t just the noise and disruption to your partner. It’s also doing a number on your health. Over the last few years several common health issues are now attributed to snoring including:

  • Dementia
  • Fatigue
  • Mental Fogginess
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Weight Gain
  • Depression
  • Death

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What makes the snoring sound?

When you crawl into bed, get comfy and start to drift off to sleep, it's not just your brain that’s starting to relax. It's all your muscles, including those in your throat. When those muscles relax, your tongue falls back and your throat becomes more narrow. With every breath, in and out, the walls of your throat vibrate. This causes your classic, and sometimes humorous, snoring sound.

The narrower the airway, the greater the vibration and often the louder the sound. In some cases the air way completely collapses causing lapses in breath, this is known as sleep apnea.

How to Stop Snoring

If you or your partner snore, the best solution is to come in for a comprehensive exam to get to the root cause of your snoring. Snoring can be caused by blockage at any combination of three levels in the airway; the nose, the palate and the tongue. We can’t decipher the culprit without an exam, but here are a few other ways to help stop snoring.

  • Get a proper exam to evaluate the cause of your snoring
  • After your exam, Dr. Cilento will provide treatment options
  • Sleep on your side instead of your back
  • Avoid alcohol as it tends to relax the throat muscles
  • Treat allergies
  • Lose Weight

In office we have many solutions depending on what is causing your snoring. These could include oral appliances, injection snoreplasty, UPPP, Inspire Sleep Therapy, and tongue and throat procedures among others.

Snoring remedies

Do I need a sleep study if I snore?

Not necessarily. When you come see us at Texas Sinus & Snoring for snoring issues we may or may not order a sleep study. (If you have a recent sleep study already, please make sure you bring a copy of the results.) Before we every order a sleep study, we want to first make sure you have an open nasal airway. A sleep study cannot tell us this.

Why Look for An Open Airway First

There are two important reasons to find out if you have an open nasal airway. If you do have sleep apnea, the first thing the sleep medicine physician will want to do is fit you for a mask. If your nose doesn't work, you will be at a high risk of failing the CPAP trial.
Second, for many snorers, fixing a significant nasal blockage may fix the problem entirely. Often times, Dr. Cilento can see exactly what the problem is, right from a CT scan done in the office at the time of your visit.

The Importance of Restorative Sleep

The importance of sleep has been in the news a lot lately. This TED Talk is by sleep scientist Matt Walker. He shares well documented consequences of poor sleep.
During sleep, every part of your body and your brain is working to repair itself. There are five stages of sleep. Restorative sleep comes when you complete these five stages. As you can imagine, if your stages of sleep are being interrupted by snoring and/or lack of oxygen you’re not completing your sleep cycle. This means you’re not getting restorative sleep. Your body and brain do not get what they need to make their nightly repairs. All the more reason to learn how to stop snoring. Don't worry, we can help.