What Causes Snoring?

Since 2003, Dr. John Krehlik has served patients in Alaska through his private practice, where he accepts clients by appointment every day of the week. Drawing on over three decades of experience in the medical field, Dr. John Krehlik specializes in treatment of sleep apnea and snoring.

Sounds come from vibrations causing air particles to become sound waves. During sleep, the airways can become restricted and cause vibrations that result in what we know as snoring. While snoring can be the result of a cold or other virus, medications, and alcohol consumption, a more serious cause is obstructive sleep apnea.

Snoring that results from sleep apnea means the airways have become physically restricted. Often the soft palate blocks the back of the throat because the back of the tongue has collapsed against it. If this blockage causes a person to stop breathing for at least 10 seconds, he or she has sleep apnea. Those who suspect they may suffer from sleep apnea should see a sleep specialist, as sleep apnea can affect daily life and even be life-threatening.

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