What is snoring?
Snoring is the sound made when soft tissue in the mouth, nose and throat vibrate during sleep. It is caused by turbulence in the upper airway when you breathe
What are the main causes of snoring?
The main cause of snoring is relaxed muscle tension in the back of the throat. This narrows the upper airway and makes the soft tissue vibrate. It is these vibrations that are associated with the sound of snoring.
Did you know that there are a number of risk factors associated with the main cause of snoring? Click on the links below to see how they can effect your snoring.
Snoring caused by a cold, allergies or a blocked nose?
Another cause of snoring is congestion of the nasal passages due to a cold, allergies or a blocked nose. This can restrict or block airflow through the nose. Nasal congestion may force you to breathe through your mouth, which can lead to snoring.
Some factors can increase the risk or severity for your snoring. Click on the links below to see how they could effect you.
What is multifactorial snoring?
You can also snore because of both relaxed muscle tension in the back of the throat and nasal congestion. This is known as multifactoral snoring.
There are many different factors that can contribute to multifactoral snoring. Visit our Am I at risk? page to see what factors are relevant to you.