Common symptom caused by a spectrum of sleep-disordered breathing disorders, ranging from intermittent simple snoring to chronic heavy simple snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome, and obstructive sleep apnea.
It is important to rule out obstructive sleep apnea in patients who snore.
Can be a significant problem for both the patient and his or her bed partner. It may result in serious strain in a relationship and be socially disruptive.
Common clinical features in patients who snore are obesity, retrognathia, large tongue, and large tonsils.
Most patients will benefit from losing weight, stopping smoking, and avoiding alcohol.
Some patients may benefit from using a mandibular advancement splint or from upper airway surgery. Surgical options may produce high initial success rates, but this reduces over time.
Childhood snoring is most commonly due to adenotonsillar hypertrophy and usually resolves with age, but if associated with obstructive sleep apnea can be treated by an adenotonsillectomy.