Snoring is caused by vibrations caused obstruction in movement of air or breathing when asleep. Most often, the obstruction is caused by the uvula, tonsils, or soft palate. Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, OSA, which presents as continual pauses or cessation of breathing during sleep. Both snoring and sleep apnea can cause a reduction in adequate sleep, irritability and drowsiness. Treatment can include surgery to remove tonsils, most often in children, or surgical removal of the tonsils, uvula, and part of the soft palate to increase air flow and reduce obstruction. In adults with OSA, a sleep specialist can properly diagnose and treat. Commonly, a sleep specialist will recommend a Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to be used during sleep.
Snoring Overview Video