Reasons for snoring
Why do we snore?
When we sleep, our airways relax and narrow. If the airway narrows too much, fast-travelling air is pulled through the airway, causing the soft tissue in the back of our throats to become dehydrated and vibrate. This sound is called snoring.
In some cases, the airway becomes so narrow that the walls of the airway stick together and close up. This usually happens for 10-30 seconds, but may occur for longer. When the airway finally opens up again, the sleeper will emit a loud, violent snore. This is known as an apnoea.
If it's left untreated, sleep apnoea can become a serious condition. If you're worried you're suffering from sleep apnoea, you can find more information by clicking the link below.
What causes snoring?
Pregnancy, medication and lifestyle
There are many reasons why people might snore. Medication, age and lifestyle can all play a part, as well as pregnancy and menopause. The following links will show you how each factor can increase your risk of snoring.
Colds, allergies and blocked noses
Another cause of snoring is congestion of the nasal passages due to a cold, allergies or a blocked nose. When your nasal tissue swells, the airflow through your nose becomes blocked or restricted. This congestion may force you to breathe through your mouth, which can lead to snoring.
For more information on dealing with snoring during a cold, follow the link below.
You can also snore for a combination of reasons: for example, having both nasal congestion and relaxed muscle tension in the back of the throat. This is known as multifactoral snoring.
How can I stop snoring?
It can be difficult to find a solution for snoring. But if you identify the reasons why you might be snoring, finding a way to stop can become much simpler.
Click the link below to discover the many causes of snoring, and the changes you can make to get a better night's sleep.