What Causes Snoring?

A graduate of the University of Chicago, where he received his doctor of medicine, Dr. John Krehlik was the first board-certified sleep physician in Juneau, Alaska. With 30 years of experience in sleep medicine, he pioneered home testing for sleep apnea in the state. In addition to his work with sleep apnea, Dr. John Krehlik is an expert in other sleep disturbances like snoring.

A common problem affecting almost 100 million adults nationwide, snoring can occur for a number of reasons and with varying frequency. The most common snoring causes are excess body weight, which squeezes the inner diameter of the throat, and aging, which loosens the throat muscles. Genetic reasons, such as a softer palate or a long uvula, can also cause snoring.

Aside from physical issues, sleeping position can increase snoring issues. When you sleep on your back, gravity can pull at the soft tissue of your mouth and throat, impacting your airflow. By sleeping on your side, the gravity shifts and becomes less of an issue for both chronic and infrequent snorers.

With strong correlation, more than half of all loud snorers have obstructive sleep apnea. Before treating snoring problems, consult your doctor.

Home sleep testing is done in the comfort of your own home. Dr. Krehlik works closely with doctors and other healthcare providers to conveniently evaluate snoring symptoms throughout Alaska. For more information, go to http://www.AlaskaSleepDoctor.com.