Snoring can be quite a frustrating experience for your partner, especially if your snoring affects their sleep overnight. However snoring is not just an inconvenience, it could actually be the sign of an underlying health problem.
There are many causes of snoring and we will take a look at those now. The first thing to keep in mind is that everyone is different. It’s what makes us unique. So whilst one reason for snoring might apply to one person, another reason could be the cause for someone else.
With this in mind your first port of call should always be your doctor. Your doctor will be able to fully assess your situation and rule out any underlying health issues, and ultimately should be able to diagnose what is causing you to snore.
Let’s now take a look at some of the more common reasons why people snore.
- Suffering from a Cold.
- Alcohol Consumption.
- Being a Smoker.
- An Allergy.
- Being Overweight.
- The position you sleep in.
- You are pregnant.
It is also perfectly feasible that a combination of the above could be causing you to snore.
Suffering from a Cold
When you have a cold you are bunged up. As a result of this, your airways are typically congested meaning you may snore until you are feeling better again.
When you consume alcohol, especially large amounts, the muscles in your body begin to relax. The part we are most interested in is the Oropharynx which is the part of the airway into which the mouth leads.
Alcohol consumption can cause the Oropharynx to collapse and in turn this can lead to snoring.
Being a Smoker
Smoking irritates the lining within the nasal cavities. Smoking can also cause your throat to swell up. When this happens airflow is restricted and can cause snoring. Heavier smokers have an increased chance of this occurring, which leads to a greater chance of snoring.
If you have an allergic reaction, the nasal passages may become congested. As a result of this congestion the airflow through your nose can be disrupted and snoring may ensue. Allergies are becoming a common occurrence amongst the population with an estimated 10-25% of people affected by them, you could be one of them.
Being overweight can increase the amount of fat around your neck which in turns puts additional pressure on the throat. The muscles in your throat will have to work harder to keep your airways open, and won’t be as effective as they should be. The end result is snoring.
The position you sleep in
The most common sleeping position that can cause snoring is sleeping on your back. If this applies to your situation, you may find that sleeping on your side could help alleviate the problem.
You are Pregnant
Snoring is quite common during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester. Your increased weight, congestion from other sources, swollen nasal passages and increased blood flow which can cause swollen nasal membranes could all be playing a part in causing you to snore.
Concluding our look at why you are snoring
The above list provides information on some of the most common causes of snoring problems and is in no way an exhaustive list of reasons.
Remember that it is very important to consult with your doctor to make sure some other underlying health issues aren’t responsible for your snoring. For example you could be suffering from sleep apnoea, a condition in which your airway becomes blocked, causing you to stop breathing for a brief period of time in your sleep. If that is the case you definitely need to get advice from your doctor.