Friday, April 16, 2010

SNORING

Snoring
is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound, due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping.
In some cases the sound may be soft, but in other cases, it can be rather loud and quite unpleasant. Generally speaking, the structures involved are the uvula and soft palate. The irregular airflow is caused by a passageway blockage and usually due to one of the following:

-Throat weakness, causing the throat to close during sleep

-Mispositioned jaw, often caused by tension in the muscles

-Fat gathering in and around the throat

-Obstruction in the nasal passageway

-The tissues at the top of airways touching each other causing vibrations

-Relaxants such as alcohol or drugs relaxing throat muscles

-Sleeping on one's back, which may result in the tongue dropping to the back of the mouth.

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