Board Certified Sleep Medicine & Addiction Specialist located in Wake Forest, NC
About half of all adults in the United States snore while they sleep. Though snoring may occur for many reasons, it may also be a symptom of a serious sleep disorder. At RestWell in Wake Forest, North Carolina, board-certified sleep medicine expert Jamila Battle, MD, specializes in sleep disorders and finding the underlying cause of your snoring. To schedule an appointment at RestWell, call the office, or request an appointment using the online booking tool.
Snoring Q & A
What is snoring?
Snoring is a sound that occurs when air flows through the relaxed tissues in your throat. These tissues then vibrate, creating the harsh or hoarse sound.
Almost everyone snores sometimes. But some people chronically snore. In addition to affecting your sleep partner’s ability to rest soundly, your chronic snoring may be a symptom of a serious health condition.
What causes snoring?
Snoring may occur for many reasons. Common causes of snoring include:
- Respiratory infection
- Alcohol consumption
- Sleeping position
- Overly tired
- Large tonsils
- Deviated septum
- Nasal polyps
- Sleep apnea
Snoring affects people of all ages, including children. However, it’s more common in older adults.
When does snoring signal sleep apnea?
Though snoring is common and may occur for benign reasons, it may also be a symptom of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing periodically when you sleep.
You should be concerned about your snoring and schedule a visit at RestWell if you also experience symptoms of sleep apnea, such as:
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Feeling overly exhausted during the day
- Suffering from morning headaches
- Gasping for air at night
- Feeling moody or irritable during the day
Your sleep partner may also notice that you stop breathing during the night.
What happens during an evaluation for snoring?
When you visit RestWell for an evaluation for snoring, you can expect an in-depth clinical exam. Dr. Battle uses the most advanced methods in sleep disorder testing so she can give you the right medical diagnosis.
During your exam, she reviews your symptoms, sleep habits, medical history, and the types of medications and supplements you take. She performs a physical exam and may request lab or imaging tests to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis.
Dr. Battle may also request you complete the sleep apnea screening test and may recommend sleep studies.
RestWell provides many sleep studies to help diagnose your sleep condition, including daytime nap studies and polysomnography (PSG), which records your brain activity, eye movements, blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, and heart rate while you sleep.
To schedule your snoring evaluation at RestWell, call the office, or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.
If you are seeking telemedicine services for a sleep issue you’re ready to put to bed then, please send us a message in the Klara message box to learn more.
Please request an appointment through the “request appointment” button then fill out the patient intake form, which is available in the Klara portal upon request. Upon completion of an intake, the doctor will either offer an appointment if your sleep issue is appropriate for her virtual practice or she will make recommendations for in person practices.