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Author: Leila Tan
13 Mar 2024

Snoring is a common problem that affects many people and their partners. Snoring can be caused by various factors, such as nasal congestion, obesity, sleep apnea, alcohol consumption, smoking, or sleeping position. Snoring can disrupt your sleep quality and lead to daytime fatigue, irritability, and increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.


How does Snoring Start? Types of Snoring You May Have "Heard" of Before

Snoring is a problem that many people and their partners have to deal with. The loose and relaxed tissues block the airflow through the nose and throat. These tissues vibrate when breathing, resulting in snoring. Snoring can be caused by different things and can sound different based on what and where the blockage is. Some of the most common snoring types are:

Nasal snoring

Nasal snoring is caused by blockage of the nasal passages, which can be caused by allergies, colds, sinus infections, or physical problems like a deviated septum or nasal polyps. You can stop nasal snoring by clearing out your nasal passages with saline sprays, nasal strips, or decongestants. Some people need surgery to fix a crooked septum or to get rid of nasal polyps.

Mouth snoring

Mouth snoring happens when you breathe through your mouth instead of your nose while you sleep. This can happen if the nose is clogged or if the jaw or throat muscles are loose, resulting in opened mouth. Mouth snoring can be stopped by using things like chin straps, mouth guards, or tape to keep the mouth closed while sleeping. You can also use a fan, nasal dilator, or CPAP machine to help you breathe through your noses.

Tongue snoring

Tongue snoring happens when the tongue falls back into the throat and blocks the airway. This can happen if the tongue is too big or too loose, which can be caused by drinking, drugs, or obesity. Common ways to reduce tongue snoring include sleeping on the side or using devices which move the jaw or tongue forward, such as mandibular advancement devices (MADs), tongue stabilising devices (TSDs), or oral tools.

Throat snoring

Throat snoring is caused by the soft tongue and uvula in the back of the throat moving back and forth. This can happen if the soft tongue and uvula are too big or too loose. This might happen due to your genes, getting older, or being overweight. Common ways to treat throat snoring include losing weight, quitting drinking and smoking, and using devices such as palatal implants, radiofrequency ablation (RFA), or laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) to lift or harden the soft palate and uvula. In some cases, to get rid of extra soft lips and uvula tissue, surgery may be needed.


Time to Treat Snoring if You Have These Symptoms

Excessive snoring is a common condition that can affect your quality of sleep and your health.. Some of the symptoms of excessive snoring are:

Loud or irregular breathing sounds

Loud or irregular breathing sounds during sleep, such as vibrations, whistles, snorts or rumbles.

Unrefreshing sleep, fatigue, or excessive daytime sleepiness

Excessive snoring destroys the balance of the oxygen and carbon dioxide in your body, thus it can disrupt your sleep cycle and prevent you from getting enough rest.

Morning headaches, dry and sore throat

Snoring can cause irritation and inflammation in your throat, leading to pain and discomfort.

Tossing and turning at night

Snoring can make it hard for you to find a comfortable sleeping position and disturb your partner's sleep.

Gasping or choking at night

Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a serious condition that causes you to stop breathing temporarily during sleep.

High blood pressure or chest pain at night

Snoring can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, such as hypertension, heart attack and stroke.


Why Do People Snore? Learn the Causes of Snoring

Snoring can be a sign of respiratory conditions and diseases, some of which can be dangerous if left untreated. Some of these diseases or conditions are:

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome

This is a serious condition in which your breathing stops or becomes very shallow during sleep. This can cause low blood oxygen levels, high blood pressure, heart problems, stroke, diabetes, and cognitive impairment.

Chronic rhinitis

This is a condition where your nasal passages are inflamed and produce excess mucus. This can cause nasal congestion, postnasal drip, sinus infections, and snoring.


This is a condition where your tonsils are infected and swollen. This can cause sore throat, fever, difficulty swallowing, and snoring.

Deviated septum

This is a condition where the wall that separates your nostrils is crooked or off-centre. This can cause one nostril to be narrower than the other, which can affect your breathing and cause snoring.


Snoring can also be caused by sinus problems, especially if they make your nose stuffy or inflamed. Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of the sinuses, which are hollow spaces in the brain. This can cause excessive mucus, blocked nostrils, post-nasal drip, facial pain or soreness, headache and fever. Sinusitis can be short-term (less than four weeks) or long-term (more than eight weeks or frequent occurrence).

You should look into possible treatments immediately if you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms aside from loud and frequent snoring. You can alleviate snoring with lifestyle changes, medical devices or surgery depending on the cause and severity.


Lifestyle Habits to Stop Snoring

You can make some changes to your life to make it less likely that your tongue, soft palate, or other tissues will block your mouth while you sleep. This will help you breathe better at night. By practising them long enough, these changes can help you improve your breathing and reduce the vibration of your soft tissues in your throat.

Time to lose weight

If you are overweight, consider taking some time away from your hectic schedule to begin shedding some weight. Too much weight can place strain on your throat, making it difficult for oxygen to flow freely.

Quit smoking and drinking before bed

Drinking, smoking, or taking sleeping pills before bed relax the throat muscles, resulting in airway blockage.

Adjust Your Sleeping Position

Sleep on your side or prop up your head with a pillow to prevent partial upper airway obstruction. Sleeping on your back can cause your tongue and soft palate to fall back and get in the way of your airway.

Humidify your bedroom

A humidifier can add moisture to the air, which reduces the friction in your airways, resulting in easier breathing and less snoring. However, you should also clean your humidifier regularly to avoid bacteria and mold growth.


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Snore-Reducing Products and Treatments

Fortunately, there are many types of snoring devices and treatments available that can help you reduce or eliminate your snoring. Some of these treatments are:

Nasal products

These are devices that you wear in your nose to open up your nasal passages and improve your airflow. Some examples are nasal strips, nasal dilators, nasal sprays, or nasal cones. These devices are useful if your snores are due to nasal congestion or allergies.

Anti-snoring device

You wear an anti-snoring device in your mouth or on your nose to reduce snoring. Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft tissues in your throat when you breathe during sleep. An anti-snoring device keeps your airway open and reduces tissue vibrations by either pushing the lower jaw forward, opening your nasal passages, or stabilising your tongue.

Some examples are mandibular advancement devices (MADs), tongue stabilising devices (TSDs), or oral vestibular shields (OVSs). These devices are ideal for snoring due to a narrow or receding lower jaw or a large tongue.

CPAP machines

These machines deliver continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) through a mask over your nose and mouth. The CPAP machine creates a constant flow of air that keeps your airway open, preventing it from collapsing. This is the most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).


This is the last resort which removes or modifies some of the tissues in your throat that cause snoring. Some examples are uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP), radiofrequency ablation (RFA), or palatal implants. These procedures can help you if you have severe snoring that does not respond to other treatments.

You can decide the best treatment for your snoring based on the root cause, intensity, and your financial situation. You should consult with your doctor before trying any snoring treatment, as some of them may have side effects or contraindications. You should also monitor your snoring and sleep quality after starting any treatment, and adjust it accordingly.

Snoring is not only a nuisance but can also be a sign of a serious health problem. If you snore regularly and loudly, you should seek medical attention and find out what type of snoring treatment works best for you.


Treat Snoring Without Medication: Try Fotona 4D NightLase Snoring Treatment Today

Perfect Medical's Fotona 4D NightLase Snoring Treatment is a laser treatment that improves the quality of sleep without physical damage. This treatment improves sleep apnea and snoring by gently tightening the oral mucosa tissue with a laser. This is done by making the collagen in the mouth mucosa tissue contract.

With the advanced new handpiece technology, laser pulses can be sent to the treatment area in a way that is safe, controlled, and works best. This treatment needs no recovery period, with the only temporary side effect being slightly dry throat. However, most patients reported being able to eat and drink with no problem right after the treatment. Still, you can reduce the chance of dry throat by staying hydrated before and after the treatment.

You are probably a good choice for this treatment if you snore or have mild to moderate sleep apnea. Make an appointment at Perfect Medical today to get back to a good night's sleep!


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1. Can snoring affect sleep quality and cause sleep disorders?

Yes, snoring can affect sleep quality for both you and your partner. Snoring disrupts your sleep cycle, causing you to wake up frequently, and reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches your brain. This can lead to daytime fatigue, poor concentration, mood swings, and increased risk of accidents. Furthermore, snoring can also affect your partner's sleep quality by keeping them awake. This can cause relationship problems, resentment, and frustration.

2. What is the snoring ratio between men and women?

According to some studies, the snoring ratio between men and women is about 2:1. This means that men are twice as likely to snore as women. However, this ratio may vary depending on age, weight, lifestyle, and other factors. Some factors that can increase the risk of snoring for both men and women are obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, allergies, nasal congestion, and sleep position.

3. What are the common side effects of sleep medicine?

Sleep medicine can help people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, but they also come with some risks and side effects. Some of the common side effects of sleep medicine are burning or tingling sensation in the hands, arms, feet, or legs, change in appetite, constipation or diarrhoea, dizziness or lightheadedness and more Some of these side effects can be dangerous, especially if they affect your driving, work performance, social relationships, or quality of life. Some sleep medicine can also cause parasomnias, which are unusual behaviours that occur while asleep, such as sleepwalking, sleep talking, sleep eating, or sleep driving. These behaviours are more common with high dosage, so it’s important to only take the medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

4. What is neck surgery for snoring and how does it work?

Neck surgery for snoring removes or modifies throat tissues to lessen or eliminate snoring. Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is a serious condition that causes pauses in breathing during sleep and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other health problems. However, neck surgery for snoring is not a cure for OSA and may not work for everyone. It is usually recommended only after other treatments, such as lifestyle changes, oral appliances, or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy have failed to improve snoring and OSA symptoms.

5. What is sleep deprivation and what are its effects?

Sleep deprivation is a condition that occurs when you don't get enough sleep on a regular basis. While the amount of sleep you need depends on your age, lifestyle, health status, and individual preferences, most adults need about 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function well in daytime. Sleep deprivation can be caused by various factors, such as stress, work demands, social obligations, medical conditions, poor sleep habits, or environmental disturbances.