Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

What causes snoring and what can I do about it?

Dr. Long-Prentice discusses snoring. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.



Snoring is the noise that’s made when air causes the soft tissues in your neck to vibrate. Anything that narrows your breathing passages can cause snoring. Large tonsils or a deviated septum can cause it. So can nasal congestion, being overweight or drinking alcohol.

The answer to snoring depends on the cause:

  • If you’re congested, try nasal strips to help keep your nose open.
  • If you’re overweight, losing weight may help.
  • Avoid alcohol because it can relax or close your throat muscles.
  • Sleep on your side to help keep your tongue from relaxing into your airway.

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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