It’s not entirely true that snoring is not normal. Stigmatized in society, snoring is associated with obesity and aging. In fact, while weight gain and the aging factors that act specifically on the throat muscles can lead to increased snoring, basically everyone snores at least occasionally. Causes range from alcohol consumption, to heavy allergies, to a sinus infection.
Besides the overweight and the elderly, groups notorious for snoring are those with enlarged tonsils or adenoids—this group includes children. Others may snore because they have a deviated septum, or nasal polyps.
Sufferers across the snoring spectrum do not always know how much they snore. You’re asleep, obviously, and if you sleep alone there are no witnesses. People who snore infrequently often realize it when their obstructed nasal passages wake them up. Otherwise, those who snore while in a deep sleep stay oblivious. It’s important for these people, especially, to keep up with their sleep education.
If you snore a lot, you may have sleep apnea. This is a condition in which altered airflow creates what is called an apneic event, or sleep interruption. Chronic sufferers may wake up dozens of times per night because they stopped breathing. This condition can become quite serious if left untreated. So if you’ve been told you snore, we advise you to contact our expert in sleep apnea in Thousand Oaks.