Snoring and Sleep Disorders

Overview

Snoring is harsh, noisy, rattling breathing caused by an improper inflow and air outflow while sleeping. When falling asleep, the throat muscles relax, the tongue slips backward, and the throat narrows. If anything is obstructing the free flow of air at the back of your mouth and nose—a sinus infection, a nasal polyp, etc.—it can intensify the narrowing of your airway. This leads to vibrations in the loose throat muscles, causing the snoring sound.

In the worst cases, snoring can signal a serious condition such as obstructive sleep apnea, a condition linked to cardiac problems that can be fatal if left untreated. Snoring is a problem to discuss with your doctor, as is anything that interferes with a good night’s sleep.

Diagnosis, Treatment, and Therapies

To learn about more about snorking treatments, services, and therapies, please visit the Head and Neck Surgery Program or the Emory Sleep Center.