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October 17, 1980

Help a Snorer

Author Affiliations

Lakeside Medical Clinic East Chicago, Ind

JAMA. 1980;244(16):1783. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310160011007

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To the Editor.—  Do you know of a snoring problem? Advise the use of a cervical collar at bedtime, the same kind that is used for treating a sprained neck. It works. Physiologically, the rationale is justifiable. The discordant notes of snoring are usually at the maximum when the sleeping perpetrator is lying on his back with the head sagging on the chest. This causes a bending of the trachea and a resulting compression of the respiratory tube. In this way, there is an obstruction to the ingress and egress of the breathed air. This, on the same principle by which the sound from a flute is explained, causes the harsh sounds emitted that we call snoring. The cervical collar will keep the chin elevated and so prevent the flexing of the trachea that causes the compression and results in the harsh emitted sound.