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Snoring (Definition)

Snoring is an abnormal, loud, hoarse, or harsh breathing sound that occurs during sleep.

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What causes snoring?

What causes snoring?

Constriciton in flow: The audible soundof snoring is caused by a constrition of airflow, typically by tissues of the throat, uvulae, tongue, or somewhere in the airway. As we relax the muscles during sleep, the airway gets blocked, and the tissues flutter. Sometimes the airway gets completely blocked. This is called sleep apnea and can be quite serious. Talk to your md to determine if a sleep study is appropriate. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a 7 month who sleeps 12 hours old snores through the night?

What does it mean when a 7 month who sleeps 12 hours old snores through the night?

No sounds at night: Children should make no sounds when breathing at night. Please have your child checked out by your pediatrician or have them see a pediatric ent. ...Read more

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Treating Snoring (Tip)

Treating Snoring

Tell him you're a snorer and ask him how he can help you. ...See more

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Treating Snoring (Checklist)

Maintain a healthy weight
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Sleep at an incline. A couple of 2x4's under the headboard can help.
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Try sleeping on your side
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Try sewing a tennis ball to the center of your pajama back
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Ear, nose, and throat specialists are the doctors who treat snoring?

Sleep Specialist: You could talk to your ent, but you can also talk to your primary care physician about snoring. He/she may refer you to a board certified sleep specialist md to determine if your just have primary snoring, or a more complex problem called sleep apnea. You can then discuss your options for teatment. ...Read more

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How can I treat on the back mild sleep apnea? I am female and normal weight. I snore very loudly and this disturbs my husband.

How can I treat on the back mild sleep apnea?  I am female and normal weight. I snore very loudly and this disturbs my husband.

Sleep Study: You should get a sleep study done either at a sleep study center(best) or have your doctor order at home sleep study (as long as it has some form of positional monitoring) to get an accurate diagnosis first. If no sleep apnea your dentist can fabricate a variety of oral devices that can help with your snoring. ...Read more

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Sleep apnea (Tip)

Sleep apnea

Myth: snoring is the only problem caused by sleep apnea. ...See more

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Treating Snoring (Checklist)

Check with MD to make sure you don't have sleep apnea
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Try an antihistamine for congestion
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Try nose opening strips
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See MD for diagnosis and treatment options
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How can snoring be treated?

Snoring: Lose weight, quit smoking, sleep on your side, nasal sprays, nasal strips, seek professional help to explore the cause. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop snoring?

What can I do to stop snoring?

Apnea?: If your overweight, losing weight can make a huge difference in your snoring and /or apnea. May need sleep study and CPAP to be able to rest in order to be able to lose weight ...Read more

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