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Cervical problems causing snoring???

jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical

ok, I've been wondering for a while now, and I just have to ask.
Has anyone been told that their cervical compression could cause them to snore?
I never used to snore, but now I do! Ask my hubby, and he'll tell you!

Is it a recognised symptom of neck problems?

Or am I just getting old and flabby?!


  • I've always been a snorer, but it did get worse as time went by. I'm not sure why I was snoring so loud, but I realized that when I was on muscle relaxants, I snored louder. When I stopped taking them for a period, my husband didn't complain anymore. He used to wake up from my snoring. Don't know the real answer, but thought I'd share my experiences.
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • There are numerous things that contribute to snoring. Excess weight can cause snoring. The shape of your mouth can contribute as well as the quality of the support structure (I'm not sure if it's tendons or ligaments?) which if they aren't supporting properly can lend to closing off the throat enough to cause the vibration. I have snored since I was a skinny kid.

    The position you sleep in can contribute. Back sleepers are more likely to snore. Taking sleeping aids or some other medications can contribute.

    So, the answer is yes, in a roundabout was cervical issues can contribute to snoring, because the neck structure is not normal.

    If you snore loudly and stop and then snore or snort or sound like you take in a quick big breath, it could be another medical issue. I have severe sleep apnea and can literally stop breathing multiple times in a minute. Once diagnosed I was given a CPAP machine with a mask which I wear at night. There are various types of devices based on your issues and your preferences.

    If you think you have sleep apnea, see a sleep specialist. If you google sleep apnea you could get more information. Sorry I am so long winded on this but not treating sleep apnea can contribute to high blood pressure and heart issues.

    Take care,
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
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