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Snoring is a big turn off. It can drive anybody nuts. The last thing you need at the end of a busy day is to hear someone snore. That’s not going to get you any sleep at all.
If you’re the one who snores, chances are, you won’t get any sleep as well. Snorers are likely to wake to their own snores.
Snorers with severe sleep apnea often find themselves waking up gasping for air. People with milder cases of sleep apnea may only wake themselves up just a bit, not enough to remember in the morning but enough to severely disrupt the much-needed sleep cycle.
Your mouth anatomy could be the cause of your snoring.
Having a low, thick soft palate can narrow your airway. People who are overweight may have extra tissues in the back of their throats that may narrow their airways. Likewise, if the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula) is elongated, airflow can be obstructed and vibration increased.
Think twice about drinking that bottle of beer. Alcohol and other medications can induce snoring.
The root cause of snoring is vibration of the tissues while breathing. Some medications as well as alcohol can lead to enhanced relaxation of muscles during sleep. As the muscles of the palate, tongue, neck, and pharynx relax more, the airway collapses more. This leads to a smaller airway and greater tissue vibration. Some medications encourage a deeper level of sleep, which also can worsen snoring.
If your nose is clogged, the natural tendency is to breathe through the mouth. When you sleep with a clogged nose, you’re most likely to snore.
A blocked nose – due to a cold, allergies, polyps or anatomical abnormality – creates the need for greater suction pressures to draw air into the lungs when breathing, which further narrow the airway. Mouth opening often occurs when the nose is blocked during sleep, which itself can cause snoring (via airway anatomy and pressure changes).
While men are more likely to snore, older women aren’t spared at all. It’s quite interesting to know that menopause is a common cause of snoring.
Women become more likely to snore and develop OSA after the menopause, because of lower levels of oestrogen and progesterone, which help protect and support muscles around the airways during child-bearing years.
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