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Causes of Snoring: – Snoring results from relaxation of uvula and soft palate causing airway blockage and vibrations. – Genetic predisposition, throat weakness, mispositioned jaw, […]

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Causes of Snoring:
– Snoring results from relaxation of uvula and soft palate causing airway blockage and vibrations.
– Genetic predisposition, throat weakness, mispositioned jaw, obesity, nasal passageway obstruction.
– Obstructive sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, relaxants, sleeping on back, mouth breathing.
– Mayo Clinic’s insights on snoring causes.
– Decreased libido in men with obstructive sleep apnea.
– Snoring’s association with asthma and sleep disturbances.

Consequences of Snoring:
– Snoring leads to sleep deprivation, daytime drowsiness, irritability, and decreased libido.
– Loud snoring correlates with increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
– Psychological and social damage may result from snoring.
– Snoring associated with carotid artery atherosclerosis and ischemic stroke risk.
– Snoring’s impact on the quality of life for patients and their partners.
– Snoring’s link to cardiovascular diseases.

Treatment Options for Snoring:
– No certain treatment to stop snoring completely; focus on clearing air passage blockage.
– Lifestyle changes like weight loss, quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol before bed, and side sleeping are recommended.
– Over-the-counter aids, oral appliances, anti-snore clothing, and pillows are used.
– Tongue exercises and orthopedic pillows can help reduce snoring intensity.
– Dental appliances, positive airway pressure machines, and surgery are other treatment options.
– Comparison of oral devices for snoring.
– Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy.
– Various surgical and non-surgical treatments for snoring.
– New vaccine development for snoring.
– Ongoing research on potential cures and remedies for snoring.

Epidemiology and Statistics on Snoring:
– Statistics on snoring show 30-50% of adults snore.
– A survey found habitual snoring in 24% of men and 13.8% of women.
– UK Biobank study linked snoring to larger BMI, lower socio-economic status, and smoking/alcohol.
– Snoring susceptibility increases with age.
– Snoring’s association with health risks like cardiovascular diseases.

Therapies and Procedures for Snoring:
– Myofunctional therapy with tongue exercises reduces snoring intensity by 51% in adults.
– Orthopedic pillows designed to support head and neck, keeping jaw slightly forward to prevent airway restriction.
– Dental appliances like mandibular advancement splints effective in reducing snoring and sleep apnea for mild to moderate cases.
– Positive airway pressure using CPAP machines to keep airway open, particularly beneficial for obstructive sleep apnea.
– Various surgical procedures like uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, radiofrequency ablation, and the Pillar Procedure for snoring.

Snoring (Wikipedia)

Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping. The sound may be soft or loud and unpleasant. Snoring during sleep may be a sign, or first alarm, of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Research suggests that snoring is one of the factors of sleep deprivation.

Snoring
SpecialtyOtorhinolaryngology, sleep medicine
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