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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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.