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how does a person develop a snore?

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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 37 years experience
Tongue can fall back: The sound we call snoring occurs due to air passing through a narrowing of the airway, causing the tissue to "flutter" and make noise. Narrowing can occur as a result of several things....Large tonsils, excess neck fat, loss of muscle tone, and most commonly, a tongue that falls back blocking the airway during deep sleep. People who snore loudly may also have sleep apnea. Have your md check this.
Dr. Michael Montgomery
Dentistry 41 years experience
Constrictions: Snoring is the result of a constriction of the airway either in the throat or in the nasal cavity. This can be the result of injury, foreign bodies, malformations, developmental constrictions, and lack of muscular tone in the neck or being overweight. For many people, it is a preliminary indication of sleep apnea.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

A few weeks ago my husband started snoring all the time. Is there anything we can do about it?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: It's possible that he has nasal congestion at night forcing him to be a mouth breather when he sleeps. This can lead to snoring. The nasal congestion can be due to allergies or a recent cold. Have your husband try otc decongestant nasal sprays and/or breathe right strips for several nights. If this doesn't work or he has pauses in his breathing, you should see an ent.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What can I do to stop snoring?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Stop Snoring: Multiple factors contribute to snoring. These can include anatomic issues such as a deviated septum, long or low lying palate, a small jaw, a large tongue, a short, thick neck as well as carrying extra weight in the abdomen. Once sleep apnea is ruled out, things like breathe right strips, weight loss and oral appliances can be tried. Septal deviation and palate issues can be surgically corrected.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Why do people snore? Does it point to any disease?

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Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Narrowed airway: Snoring happens as muscles relax during sleep and air flows through a floppier smaller airway . If snoring is chronic it may be a sign of sleep apnea (osa) that is associated with daytime sleepiness cardiovascular disease , diabetes and headaches for example.
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A 51-year-old member asked:

How do I stop a snoring husband?

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Dr. Strahil Atanasov
Sleep Medicine 38 years experience
4 main reasons: There are 4 predisposing factors for snoring: 1) being human 2) being male 3) overweight 4) nasal congestion apparently, there is nothing to be done about 1 and 2, so you need to concentrate on 3 and 4. You also need to consider the possibility that you are not dealing with simple snoring but snoring as a symptom of sleep apnea. Overall, snoring is not a laughing matter. I would take it seriously.
Dr. David Duhon
Dr. David Duhon commented
Sleep Medicine 35 years experience
Get him to a doctor who knows how to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Snoring is merely annoying, but obstructive sleep apnea kills people.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

I snore really bad but only in the wintertime ... Anything what do you say doc?

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Dr. Strahil Atanasov
Sleep Medicine 38 years experience
Nasal congestion: Nasal congestion is the usual culprit: it forces you into mouth breathing and snoring. A primary care physician can usually help you take good care of your nose.

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