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Why Do We Snore?

October 10, 2014


Why Do We Snore?

We all know someone who snores, that person may even be you; and it’s such a common problem that even children can struggling with snoring. Have you ever wondered what’s behind the snorting and strange noises we make at night? As it could be a sign of a serious medical issue, it’s important that we all know more about the snore.

How Snoring Works

To breathe at your best, air needs to move freely through both your nose and your mouth. When that flow is restricted, especially while you sleep, it can cause you to snore. The noise comes from certain parts in your mouth and throat touching, making them vibrate against each other whenever you inhale or exhale. There a number of reasons why these parts touch, and understanding those can explain why you snore at night.

The Most Common Causes

Snoring can be caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices, involuntary medical conditions and bad sleeping habits. Do any of these explain your night-time noises?

  • Lifestyle choices – Drinking too much alcohol or taking too many sleeping pills before bed can make your tongue and throat muscles too relaxed. Your airway can also be restricted by fat around your neck, like a double chin from being overweight.
  • Medical conditions – Allergies, colds, sinus infections can make the tissues in your nasal passages swell; while in your throat, swollen tonsils may be the cause. Many people also snore because their adenoids are enlarged or their nostrils too small.
  • Sleeping habits – Lots of people snore more when they’re lying on their backs or sleeping on pillows that are too large or soft. Unclean sheets and blankets can also affect your breathing, as well as duck or goose down duvets, if you’re unknowingly allergic to them.

Easy Cures for Your Snores

There are hundreds of devices that claim to rid your nights of snores, but in many cases, a few easy lifestyle changes can make all the difference. Popular solutions include:

  • Avoiding alcohol, sedatives and heavy meals before bedtime
  • Losing weight
  • Removing allergy triggers from your bedroom
  • Treating colds and sinus infections
  • Changing your sleeping position from your back to your side
  • Slightly lifting the top of a bed

For the best sleep experiences, ensure that you get a mattress that caters to your spine, and pillows that fully support your head and neck. After all, a good night’s rest kick starts your day like nothing else.


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