Snoring is a common problem and many people laugh and joke about their night-time antics with friends and family.
You might be someone that only snores occasional but if your bed partner describes your snoring like listening to the buzz of a chainsaw then it may be a cause for concern. Excessive snoring can be serious and is not something to joke about.
When we fall asleep our muscles relax, especially the muscles around our air passages. This causes the vibration of tissues around the air passages due to the air passing through from the lungs. When this vibration becomes very excessive it can lead to snoring. If you’re wondering what is causing these vibrations to be so excessive then please continue reading.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Can Be Very Serious
There are a number of factors in your body or in the environment around you that can affect snoring. If your snoring is regular then it’s important for you to understand the causes of snoring.
You may have a condition called sleep apnea (OSA) which causes interrupted breathing during your sleep. This can occur many times throughout the duration of a sleeping session.
This can be serious but often then not it can be treated by making some lifestyle changes such as losing weight or using oral appliances.
A very common cause of snoring is when the person sleeps on their back. This is because when in this position the mouth can hang open which allows the tongue to roll backwards which in turn collapses the airway enough to cause snoring.
If this occurs then a nudge from your bed partner is enough to get the snorer to roll over and stop snoring. If you happen to sleep alone then there is another trick that you can use. Some people have had success taping a tennis ball to the back of their pyjama top. This method works because the person will unconsciously roll onto their side to avoid the uncomfortable feeling of having the tennis ball dig into their back.
Obesity Is Another Factor To Consider
When a person gains weight it usually means that extra fat is stored all over the body. It’s these fat deposits that can lead to snoring. It’s the thickening of the fat around the neck which restricts the airway and causes it to narrow.
It’s the narrowing of the airway that causes the tissues to vibrate more violently and cause the snoring. The more fat you have on the abdomen, the harder your lungs have to in order to fill up. The lungs can also be restricted by excess fat in the chest cavity which can lead to serious medical problems and snoring. Losing weight is not easy but shedding a few pounds will not only decrease the likelihood of you snoring but also increase your overall health.
Physique And Injuries Can Increase The Risk Of Snoring.
There are certain physical features or injuries to the nose and jaw that can contribute to the likelihood of snoring:
-A receding chin
-Swollen Adenoid glands
-A thick neck
-A naturally large tongue
-Fatty tissues in the airway
-A deviated septum
-Damage to the TMJ joint
Men’s airways are smaller than Women’s making them more likely to snore. Heredity plays a role in snoring. If either parent snores chances are you will as well. Age is important. Snoring is more likely once you hit middle age and above.
Specific Situations Can Cause Snoring
Occasional snoring can occur from many different factors and situations:
-Constriction of nasal passages due to a viral cold infection
-The sinus cavities being infected
-Allergic reactions lead to labored nose or mouth breathing and will lead to snoring.
-Alcohol consumption close to bedtime.
-Smoking before bed is irritating to the airway and is a common cause of snoring.
-Eating mucus causing foods, such as milk and wheat close to bedtime can increase the chance of snoring.