Donate to Snoring Research, Patient Care and Education

Sleep is the body’s way of repairing itself and refueling for the next day. More than half of the adults in the United States do not enjoy the benefits of a sound night’s sleep, due to complications from snoring. When air passages are partially blocked through inflammation or other obstructions, the throat vibrates during breathing, making the snoring sound. This happens predominantly at night when the body is horizontal, and the throat and facial muscles are relaxed.

With the help of your generous donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the sleep specialists at Northwestern Medicine will continue to advance clinical trials and other research studies aimed at more effectively preventing and treating snoring. 

If snoring does not wake an individual, it might be a symptom of a more serious sleep disorder. Sleep apnea occurs when a person snores and stops breathing temporarily. If a person snores loudly or momentarily stops breathing while snoring; if the person is tired and not refreshed during waking hours; or if the person has a persistent sore throat, he or she might have a more serious condition than simply loud snoring. When you make a contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help to ensure that at  individuals who suffer from sleep problems will receive the proper diagnosis and treatment at Northwestern Medicine.

While there is not one single cause of snoring, specialists have identified many risk factors. The shape of the nose, jaw, and throat could be an issue, as could swelling in the soft palate and uvula. Enlarged tongue, tonsils and adenoids also can contribute to snoring. Lifestyle choices also might impact snoring. For example, weight gain, alcohol consumption, taking sleeping pills and antihistamines, and being pregnant all could contribute to increased snoring. Current treatment options for excessive snoring include nasal strips and dilators, dental appliances and lifestyle recommendations, such as losing weight, changing sleeping positions, quitting smoking and reducing alcohol consumption.

Snoring Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

By prescribing custom treatments to alleviate snoring problems, sleep specialists at Northwestern Medicine are committed to helping patients regain their quality of life  Your gift to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help to enhance the treatment options available to those afflicted by snoring. Your generosity will make a difference in many lives.

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