What is causing me to snore at night?

This question was asked in Las Vegas, Nevada on 10/09/2012.
I snore very loud and have been told that this could be related to sinus issues and not having enough oxygen during sleeping and this is why I wake up several times at night. Could this be a true statement?

Doctors Answers (2)

Marjorie Yong, M.D.
Answered on: 10/10/2012

Absolutely. You will need to have a sleep study to be evaluated.

Richard J. Schumann Jr., MD
Answered on: 10/10/2012

Snoring is an inspiratory sound may when air is forced though a narrow upper airway due to tissue inflammation, enlarged pharyngeal anatomy and fat deposition from obesity of the neck and upper chest areas. Post nasal drip from sinus congestion can irritate the upper airway and exacerbate this problem. If you have apneas or hypopneas which are strongly associated with snoring then you can have arousals due to oxygen desaturations.