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 difficlult symtom to treat as it is often has multiple contributing factors. There are a number of treatment options available depending on the cause of the snoring. Treatement 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.