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Approximately half of all adult men and a third of all women snore. Not only is it a sign of sleep apnea, but it can also lead to daytime fatigue and relationship problems. If your partner keeps telling you that you snore, make an appointment with the experts at Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center in St. Clair Shores, Macomb Township, Rochester, Grosse Pointe, and Sterling Heights, Michigan. For help with your snoring or sleep apnea, call or schedule a consultation online today.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea Q & A
What causes snoring?
Snoring is the result of vibrations in the uvula and soft palate at the back of your throat when you sleep. The vibrations are caused by your breath moving those soft tissues on both your inhale and exhale.
There are several contributing factors that may cause you to snore, including:
- Structural abnormality or weakness in the base of the tongue, tonsils, and soft palate
- Excess weight or obesity
- Nasal or sinus problems
- Use of sedatives or alcohol
A sleep disorder known as sleep apnea may also be responsible for your snoring.