Uvula: Source of Snoring Problems?

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Is snoring your problem? Or is it your partner’s problem that sometimes you wanted to put a pillow on his/her face just to lessen the sound of snoring? Or maybe you’re out of breath for 10 seconds or more as you sleep? I urge you to consult with your doctors, these may be signs of an elongated uvula!

The uvula is located at the back of your throat which hangs as a soft palate, made of connective tissues having a number of glands, and muscular fibers. The uvula helps in the articulation of the sound of human voice.  It works together as one with the back of the throat, the palate, and air which is passed from the lungs to make sounds.

However, the uvula can be a reason for snoring or ear-ringing sounds when you sleep especially when it’s elongated. It causes more vibrations which may produce eerie sounds. Also, an elongated uvula can cause sleep apnea which literally means “want of breath” , because it can block the passage of air from the lungs to the throat. However, medical experts say snoring and sleep apnea can be treated by removing a part of the uvula or the whole of it in an operation called as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.

But the success of this operation is now wholly guaranteed because the snoring and sleep apnea can come back and may even tend to worsen.



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