The 3 Top Causes of Snoring (Is This You?)

snoringSnoring is caused when a sleeping person breathes deeply during the night; the rapid airflow causes the tissue in their nose and throat to vibrate and make the snoring sound. Anyone can snore; it is estimated that about 45% of men and 30% of women snore regularly. Generally, as a person gets older, they become more prone to snoring.

There are a couple physiological characteristics that make people likely to snore:

  • Obstructed Airways
  • Poor throat and tongue muscle tone
  • Large uvula

These causes are physical traits; people can’t really change their lifestyle and expect snoring to go away when it is caused by one of these characteristics.

Obstructed Airways

If you have obstructed airways, you are more likely to snore; typically this happens when a person has a sinus infection or allergies. Obstructions can also be caused by deformities in the nose like a deviated septum. As your body tries to work around the obstruction and acquire air, soft tissues in your mouth rub together and cause snoring.

Throat And Tongue Muscle Tone

When your throat and tongue muscles become too relaxed during the night, they tend to collapse and cover your airway. As a person gets older, these muscles tend to relax more when they sleep.

Uvula & Soft Palate

The dangling ball in the back of your mouth (the uvula) can obstruct your airways when you are sleeping; if your uvula is large, it can narrow the opening between your mouth and nose. When you enter a deep sleep, your muscles relax; this relaxation causes the uvula to rub against your soft palate and it causes noisy vibrations.

These physiological problems all contribute to snoring. Not all snoring is the same; everyone snores for a variety of reasons. Oftentimes, people snore because they do things in their daily lives to exacerbate the problem. You can make some lifestyle changes that will help keep snoring to a minimum:

  • Lose weight
  • Cut down on alcohol
  • Stop smoking

Lose Weight To Stop Snoring

Losing weight is a great idea for your overall health; it is also a great idea if you need to reduce snoring. When you overeat and gain weight, fat builds up around your throat and narrows your airways. When fat builds up like this, your muscles aren’t strong enough to keep your airways open wide enough during the night. Being overweight by just a few pounds can increase the likelihood of snoring; if you make a conscientious effort to lose weight, then it is likely that you will reduce snoring.

Alcohol Consumption

People that drink alcohol during the day are likely to snore at night. When you consume alcohol, your muscles relax more than usual at night; when this happens, your oropharynx collapses and obstructs your airway.

Alcohol tends to induce obstructive sleep apnea; this causes you to stop breathing for a short time during the night. If you don’t cut out drinking, then this condition gets progressively worse. If anything, make sure you don’t drink for at least five hours before going to bed; this gives your body some time to digest the alcohol and dampen its side effects.


Smoking irritates your throat and nasal passages; this irritation causes swelling, inflammation and can lead to blockages in your nasal passages. Blockages leads to snoring; the more cigarettes you smoke during the day, the more likely you are to snore at night.

Snoring is caused by a combination of your physical characteristics and the way you treat your body. If you want to stop snoring at night, then it is a good idea to lead a healthy lifestyle. Healthy changes make you feel better about yourself; they also have a tendency to help you stop snoring at night.

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