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January 24, 2009, last updated May 15, 2014
By Staff of CollectiveWizdom

Snoring is the sound caused when air passes over the soft
palate --called the vulvula-- of the mouth, causing it to
vibrate and make a noise.  However, the reason that air is
directed over the palate is this way varies from person to
person.  There are 4 different types of snorers. This section
will help you take simple tests to determine what type of
snorer you are, and therefore help you to decide which type
of device , procedure or home remedy will best help you.

The collectivewizdom staff has gathered these tests from tips
sent by our readers, medical authorities and associations.
We have limited the tests to those which have been validated
by published research.

Mouth Snorers.  Open your mouth and make a snoring
noise. Now, close your mouth and attempt to make the same
noise. If you can only make the noise when your mouth is
open, then you are likely to be a "mouth breather" or
"mouth snorer". This means that while you are asleep, you
tend to sleep with your mouth open.

Consequences: Mouth breathing dries out the soft palate of
the mouth. You are at higher risk for infection because the
air which reaches your lungs has not been filtered through
the passages of the nose and upper sinuses, which contain
tiny hairs and substances designed to cleanse air from the
outside before it enters the inner cavities of your lungs. You
are also at greater risk for choking in your sleep for the
same reason.  The snoring you experience at night may be in
part your body's attempt to expel dust and tiny particles in
an effort to do the job normally done by the hairs in your

Remedies: Mouth breathers sometimes suffer from nasal
congestion. They breath through the mouth as an
alternative. You should visit the
Sleep Center in general and
reference our article on remedies to
decrease night time

Tongue Base Sleeper. Open your mouth a bit and make a
snoring sound.  Now, stick your tongue out between your
teeth and hold it gently with your teeth. Try to make a
snoring sound. If the snoring sound is reduced when you
hold your tongue between your teeth, then you are probably
a tongue base sleeper. This means that while you are asleep,
your tongue is resting deep into the base of your mouth or
falling back too far into the mouth, and interfering with
normal air flow.

Nasal Sleeper. This test is designed to discover whether
you have stuffed sinuses and has been developed by
rhinoplasty surgeons.  Press one nostril down with your
finger and breath out the other one.  Now, repeat the test
with the other nostril.  Note whether it became difficult to
breath out of either nostril.

If one nostril is stuffed, open the nostril more widely by
lifting the rim with a finer gently. If your breathing eases,
then you will benefit from a nasal strip. If it doesn't ease,
then you need another method to reduce the sinus

Consequences:  Long-term nasal congestion reduces the
quantity of oxygen reaching your lungs, and can contribute
to headaches. Heavy snoring caused by congestion puts you
at risk for developing sleep apnea and increasing your risk
for stroke or choking due to regurgitation of food into the
mouth at night.

Remedies:  There are several home remedies and over the
counter products which can help nasal congestion. Visit the
Sleep Center for a review of available remedies for night
time congestion.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sufferers.  Obstructive sleep
apnea is a medical condition in which you stop breathing
sometime hundreds of times during the night because of an
obstruction to your airways.

Consequences: Significant increased risk of stroke and
choking due to regurgitation of food at night.

Remedies:  CPAP masks are the best remedy. There are
many different types 0f CPAP masks on the market.

Visit the Sleep Center to review available CPAP masks and
tips to stop snoring by repositioning your head and throat
during the night.

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