If your partner’s snoring is keeping you awake at night, you’re not alone. Almost half of all American adults snore at least some of the time, and more than a quarter snore every night.
But just because you’re not suffering alone doesn’t mean your partner should ignore their noisy sleep. Snoring can be harmless, but it can also be a sign of an underlying condition that requires treatment.
At Jacksonville ENT Surgery with three offices in Jacksonville, Florida, and an office in Lake City, Florida, our ear-nose-throat (ENT) providers, Charles Greene, MD, PhD, and Tara Condrey, PA-C, specialize in diagnosing the cause of snoring and minimizing the nighttime noise with personalized snoring treatment recommendations.
If you or your partner snores, take a moment to learn why and the options available for restoring your sleep.
Why does my partner snore?
Snoring is the name we give the rasps, snorts, and heavy breathing that some people make at night when they sleep. In short, snores are the sounds of obstructed breathing. If your partner snores, it’s because something is interfering with their breathing while they sleep.
However, there are many possible conditions and factors that contribute to snoring. Figuring out why exactly your partner snores means uncovering the underlying issue triggering their noisy slumber.
Some people snore after drinking alcohol or taking antihistamines, which cause the muscles and tissues in the throat and neck to relax. Other people develop snoring because of a health concern, like sleep apnea, which causes interruptions or “pauses” in breathing during sleep and is linked to cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Other possible snoring triggers include:
- Weighing more than a healthy body weight
- Chronic sinus infections (sinusitis)
- Nasal polyps, adenoids, or tonsils
- Deviated septum or collapsed nasal valve
- Enlarged turbinates
- Unusual facial bone structure
- Sleeping medications
- Having a large tongue
- Congestion from allergies or a virus
- Swelling because injury or infection
If your partner’s snoring is keeping you up at night, it’s time for them to schedule a diagnostic exam with a specialist at Jacksonville ENT Surgery. Our providers uncover the hidden cause of your partner’s snoring and make personalized recommendations to help everyone sleep better.
Does my partner’s snoring impact my health?
Even if you don’t snore, listening to your partner night after night can negatively affect your health, triggering serious issues including:
- Sleep deprivation
- Mood disturbances
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Weight gain and obesity
- Reduced life expectancy
If your partner snores, the best thing you can do is encourage them to get evaluated. By treating their snoring, your partner is doing more than helping you get a good night’s rest — they’re taking steps to improve your health and their own.
Do effective snoring treatments exist?
Absolutely! Your Jacksonville ENT Surgery provider creates a personalized snoring treatment plan to minimize the nighttime noise and help you (and your partner!) get a good night’s rest.
It’s important to understand that effective snoring treatments address the underlying cause of your condition. For example, snoring caused by allergies requires different treatments than snoring caused by excessive weight.
Depending on the nature of your snoring and the results of your comprehensive exam, your Jacksonville ENT Surgery provider may recommend one or more treatments, including:
- Weight loss and other lifestyle changes (e.g., changing sleep positions)
- Decongestants or steroid sprays
- Antibiotics or immunotherapy
- Surgical removal of polyps
- Surgical repair of a deviated septum
- Nonsurgical VivAer® for a faulty nasal valve or enlarged nasal tissues
- Sleep apnea treatments, including CPAP machine, oral device, or surgery
Say goodbye to snoring and reclaim your rest by scheduling an appointment online or over the phone at the Jacksonville ENT Surgery location nearest you.