What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is very common and just about everyone snores from time to time. Snoring occurs when air in your nose and throat cannot move freely when you sleep. The soft tissues surrounding your nose, throat and tongue vibrate, producing the snoring sound. Although snoring is common, people with too much throat or nasal tissue are more prone to get in the way of smooth breathing while you sleep.
Snoring regularly at night can disrupt your sleep quality and it can lead to fatigue, irritability and health problems. Not only can snoring affect you but it can also keep your partner awake, leading to poor sleep for your partner. Since there are many different reasons for snoring, it’s important to understand the causes behind your snoring.
Common Snoring Causes
Age- As you get older, your throat becomes narrower and the muscle tone in your throat decreases. Although you cannot do anything about aging, new bedtime routines and throat exercises can help to prevent snoring.
Nasal and sinus problems- When your airway is blocked or you have a stuff nose, a vacuum forms in the throat, leading to snoring.
Being overweight or out of shape- Even if you’re not overweight in general, carrying excess weight and tissues around your neck or throat can cause snoring. Losing weight and exercising can be a important factor to ending your snoring.
Alcohol consumption- Consuming too much alcohol before bedtime can cause your throat muscles to relax, causing more snoring.
Having a narrow airway- Men tend to have narrower airways than women and are more likely to snore. A cleft palate, enlarged adenoids or a narrow throat all contribute to increased snoring.
Snoring could indicate sleep apnea, a very serious sleep disorder where your breathing is interrupted many times at night. If you suffer from fatigue and sleepiness during the day, it might be an indication of sleep apnea. Call your local Houston sleep specialist if you or your partner notice snoring and stopping of breathing at night.
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