Statistics show that about 45% of men and 30% of women snore when they sleep. Buy why do people snore? There are many causes that make people produce loud noise at night. Here are some of them:
Sleeping position. This is the most important thing. Many studies have discovered that sleeping on the back triggers snoring. This usually does not happen when you sleep on the side. When you sleep on the back, gravity makes your tongue and soft palate to collapse into the throat. This narrows the airway, causing obstruction. When you go on your side, there is less chance of collapse.
Mouth breathing. If you sleep with your mouth open you are going to snore. It this case, the air you breath strikes the back of the throat with full force, creating huge vibrations in the soft tissue. When you breath in through the nose, no turbulence are created. Nasal stuffiness and small or collapsing nostrils can make people to become mouth breathers.
Obesity and lack of exercise. This will cause the accumulation of fat around the throat. When you have a big collar size, you have the narrow airway that is very prone to vibration. This means that you do not have normal breathing; you lack the muscle tone that is crucial for keeping the airway open sufficiently. This happens more in men than in women. Unlike female persons, males tend to get fat around their necks. Just a few kilograms is enough to cause snoring.
Alcohol and sedatives. If you drink alcohol four hours before going to bed, you are more likely to snore. It causes the additional relaxation of the body muscles. This includes the oropharynx – it easily collapses causing snoring. Also, alcohol can irritate nasal airway and lead to congestion, making the airway resistance when breathing. The same happens when you take a sedative.
Cigarette smoking. When you smoke, the lining of the nasal cavity and throat are irritated, resulting in swelling and catarrh. Nasal passage congestion also takes place. This makes breathing through your nose more difficult because the airflow is reduced. The more you smoke, the more likely you will snore at night. Even second-hand smoke can cause these problems.
Type of Snoring Reveals Why You Snore
Finding out how you snore will reveal why you are snoring. Once you know the cause, you can get proper remedy.
- Closed-mouth snoring means you have a problem with your tongue.
- Open-mouth snoring indicates an issue with the tissues in your throat.
- Snoring in all sleep positions is more serious and demands a more in depth cure.
Where Snore Comes From
In this video you will find out about anatomic parts in the upper airway where snoring occurs:
A very common cause of snoring is the vibration of the soft palate or a very long uvula:
The back of the tongue can also vibrate causing a snore:
Source of snores can be voice box itself:
It is possible that multiple areas obstruct and vibrate, including septum, turbinates, nasal polyps, large adenoids, soft palate, uvula, tongue, back of tongue, lateral walls of the throat, epiglottis, arytenoids, false and true vocal cords.
You can deal with these problems either by surgery or by these anti snore devices.