What causes snoring?

Snoring is a noise made by the vibration of tissue in your upper airway, which includes your mouth, nose and the back of your throat.

Try this: Tilt your head back, open your mouth and pretend that you’re gargling. Feel that flutter at the back of your throat? That’s your soft palate, which is believed to be a significant contributor for the more than 80% of people who can’t stop snoring.1

Snoring Problems

One in four people have a problem with chronic snoring2 and can’t stop snoring on their own. If you live with one of them, you know their problem can be your problem too. Eventually, lack of sleep can cause the snorer or bed partner to sleep in a different room. Losing sleep is more than just a frustrating inconvenience.

Getting enough sleep each night is crucial to our health and well-being. On average, the bed partner of a snorer loses at least an hour of sleep per night3, and that takes its toll on a healthy lifestyle. Sleep deprivation can compromise the immune system and lead to low energy, decreased productivity and muddled thinking. Chronic snoring can even be a sign of a more serious health problem, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Are you or your bed partner experiencing:

  • The need to sleep in separate rooms?
  • Strained relationships and reduced intimacy?
  • Daytime sleepiness and decreased productivity?
  • Diminished mental and emotional health?
  • Slower reaction time, increasing the risk of accidents?
  • Weight gain?

Help with snoring

The Pillar Procedure is the first step toward better sleep. The soft palate is almost always involved in chronic snoring. Ask your doctor to examine all parts of your upper airway to see if your soft palate is contributing to your snoring. If it is, the Pillar Procedure may be an effective treatment option for you. The Pillar Procedure is the first and only FDA-cleared implant system to treat the soft palate component of snoring and mild to moderate OSA – designed to help patients sleep better, feel better and live better.

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  1. Quinn SJ, Daly N, Ellis PD. Observation of the mechanism of snoring using sleep nasendoscopy. Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci. 1995 Aug; 20(4): 360-4.
  2. American Academy of Otolaryngology.
  3. Beninati W, Harris CD, Herold, DL and Shepard, JW, Jr. The Effect of Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea on the Sleep Quality of Bed Partners, Mayo Clin Proc. 1999; 74(10): 955-58.