Snoring occurs when air movement gets obstructed by the narrowing of your airway. A narrow airway is usually caused by poor sleeping posture or if the soft tissues in your throat are abnormal. When smooth breathing is interrupted, it results to vibration and produces the snoring sound.
Really loud snoring can cause problems to you and your partner. Occasional snoring is fine, especially if you had a really tiring day and you can’t help sounding like a freight train because of sheer exhaustion. But if you snore like that every night, it’s time that you do something about it. Either that or you get banished to another bedroom all by yourself.
There are several causes of snoring. Some are within our control and some are not.
- Heredity – the physical attributes related to snoring can be inherited
- Age – the throat become narrower as you age, so the older you get, the higher the chances that you will snore
- Respiratory problems – people with asthma, allergies and sinus infections are often prone to snoring
- Gender – Men are more likely to snore because they have narrower air passages compared to women
- Sleeping posture – some positions restrict proper breathing
There are simple remedies that you can do to help lessen your snoring. You can sleep on your side and elevate your head before during bedtime. You can also lessen your alcohol intake and the number of medications that you take every day. Weight can also be an issue. Losing extra weight often helps keep snoring under control.
Severe snoring problems require medical attention. The doctor can prescribe cures and treatments to help eliminate snoring.