What causes snoring?

Snoring occurs when the tissues inside the airways relax and narrow, constricting airflow and causing a vibrating of sound. The sound of snoring can vary and can become worse with allergies, nasal congestion, alcohol use and enlarged tonsils or adenoids. Snoring is one of the symptoms of sleep apnoea, although the fact that you snore does not mean you have obstructive sleep apnoea.

How can it be treated?

Snoring can be an extremely difficult symptom to treat as it often has multiple contributing factors. There are a number of treatment options available depending on the cause of the snoring. Treatment of snoring includes addressing lifestyle issues as well as medical treatment. Some medical treatments include surgical procedures to straighten the nasal septum, removing the tonsils (and adenoids if present), surgery to shorten the palate and trim the uvula, or palatal implants or dental mouthpieces

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

What is obstructive sleep apnoea?

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder that affects a patient’s breathing while they sleep. The upper airways become partially or completely blocked repetitively for short periods during the night, thus reducing the oxygen flow body’s organs. This leads to unrestful sleep and puts excessive strain on the body.

What are the symptoms?

Some common symptoms include excessive daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, a sore throat after sleeping, headaches and snoring.

How can it be treated?

Treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea can be very difficult as there is often more than one cause for the problem. Especially in children, enlarged tonsils or enlarged adenoids can be the cause of obstruction. If this is the case, your ear, nose and throat specialist may recommend that they be removed surgically. Alternatively medical devices or breathing apparatus may be recommended.