Stop Snoring Surgery

Manchester city centre
0161 839 7663
Leeds city centre
01133 230 735
Liverpool city centre
0151 203 1717


Why Choose Us?

  • Treatments performed by Ear Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist who is British NHS Consultant & Professor.
  • Professor with over 10 years' experience in Stop Snoring Surgery.
  • No sales persons. You will only ever see a clinician during your consultation, treatment and aftercare.
  • Clinic registered with Care Quality Commission.
  • Clinical consultation fee of £70 is fully refundable against cost of treatment.
  • Long lasting results using radiofrequency. As opposed to laser treatment, the patient retains their uvula.
  • Outpatient procedure.
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Causes of Snoring

Why Do You Snore?

Habitual snoring is a very common problem: it affects 30% of all men and 10% of all women. By the age of 60, this rises to 50% of men and 30% of women.

However, there are many different causes or snoring.

Many snorers may think that they have tried everything, but they may actually have been trying the wrong things. For example, an over-the-counter remedy that addresses a blocked nose – such as nasal strips or sprays – will not work if the cause of snoring is not nasal congestion.

It is therefore vital to discover the precise cause to successfully treat the problem.

Stop Snoring Surgery at Skin Medical can help you find the reason you snore and recommend a suitable treatment for your individual needs.


Snoring physical factors

Physical factors

Snoring occurs when air movement in the throat is obstructed during sleep. The snoring noise is caused by the vibration of the soft palate and tissue in the mouth, nose or throat.

This obstruction can be caused by a variety of anatomical features. These can include:

  • Large tonsils
  • Large tongue
  • Weak lower jaw
  • Narrow throat
  • Narrow voice box inlet
  • Excessive tissue bulk at the back of the throat
  • Long palate
  • Floppy uvula
  • Enlarged uvula
  • Throat muscles relaxing too much (known as 'collapse')

Another common physical cause of snoring is a blocked nose, which is explained in more detail below.

Lifestyle factors

A person’s lifestyle and habits can also have an impact on their potential to snore:

Sleeping habits

If a person sleeps on their back, their tongue or throat tissues can fall back, restricting air movement.
Sleeping with an open mouth, or breathing more through the mouth than the nose, can also affect airflow.
It is therefore recommended for a snorer to learn to sleep differently.


Being overweight is commonly associated with snoring as an excess of fatty tissue can restrict air movement. Patients that snore and are overweight may find that losing weight solves or substantially improves the problem.

Alcohol / Smoking / Medication

Alcohol and smoking can excessively relax a person’s muscles, including those in the throat, thereby increasing the risk of obstruction and vibration.
Some medications can have the same effect, e.g. painkillers, sedatives, cold remedies, etc.
Smoking can also cause nasal congestion, which creates a different kind of obstruction but has the same effect. More details on nasal congestion can be found below:


Blocked nose

Nasal congestion can be a cause of snoring; and is also an uncomfortable problem of its own.

As well as snoring, the effects can include:

  • Headache
  • Impaired sense of smell
  • Dry mouth
  • Recurrent sinusitis

Common factors:

  • Infection
  • Air pollution
  • Smoking
  • Virus (e.g. cold or flu)
  • Allergies (e.g. hayfever)

Common physical factors:

  • Deviated septum (when the cartilage in the centre of the nose is displaced)
  • Enlarged turbinates (when the projections of soft tissue which line the nose become inflamed)

Effect on the breathing cycle

A person’s natural reaction to nasal congestion is to breathe through the mouth, which affects the body’s delicate balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide.
The body tries to rectify this balance and causes the nasal passages to become even more constricted, making the situation worse.
The resulting nasal cycle means that one side of the nose will be open, while the other is relatively blocked, varying through day and night.

Stop Snoring Surgery can help you find out how best to treat your blocked nose.

Sleep apnoea

Snoring can also be an indication of sleep apnoea, which is a potentially life-threatening condition and must be addressed.

For more information, visit our Sleep Apnoea page.


The cause of a person’s snoring will determine which treatment is most appropriate. Stop Snoring Surgery can help you discover your personal reason for snoring.

For more information, visit our Snoring Treatments page.

To book a consultation with one of our medical nurse practitioners, please visit our Contact page.

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