Why Do You Snore?

Occasional snoring is usually not very serious; mostly, it's a nuisance for your bed partner. However, if you are a habitual snorer, it is a good idea to get checked out by a doctor to make sure a more serious problem isn't causing your snoring.

What to Expect When Seeing a Doctor About Snoring

During the doctor's visit, the doctor will ask about your symptoms and take a complete medical history. He or she will also perform a general physical exam, paying particular attention to your nose and throat. Your weight and blood pressure will be evaluated, and your blood may be tested for thyroid function.

Your doctor may suggest you see an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor). These doctors are better equipped to examine your nasal passages for any blockages.

Additionally, you may be referred to a sleep lab for further testing. The overnight sleep test allows researchers to monitor multiple bodily functions while you sleep.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on August 21, 2014

Sources

SOURCE: National Sleep Foundation.

 

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