Thursday, January 05, 2017

Snoring is a bothersome condition, both for the snorer and those trying to sleep in the same vicinity. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about snoring in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Snoring is caused by vibration of the soft palate, or the soft part of the roof of the mouth. This occurs when the muscles that keep airways open become too lax or when excess tissue accumulates.

Any condition that promotes muscle relaxation or buildup of fatty tissue can have this effect. This can include alcohol, medications, an overly soft or large pillow, sleep position and obesity. Obstruction can also be caused by nasal deformities, such as an excessively long soft palate or uvula, or a deviated septum.

While snoring is usually not a serious problem, it can sometimes point to a dangerous medical condition. The most serious is obstructive sleep apnea, in which the snorer stops breathing for anywhere from several seconds to two minutes. This results in decreased oxygen in the blood, which can lead to daytime fatigue, cardiac palpitations and even sudden death.

Fortunately, there are a variety of remedies that can lessen the intensity of snoring, if not eliminate it entirely.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.