What causes snoring?

If you identify the cause you may find the cure.”

In just the same way as a person may sneeze for several reasons – a bad cold or an allergy are just two examples – snoring can be caused by a variety of different things, or a combination of several of them. Everybody has different reasons as to why they snore but until the cause of the snoring problem is isolated, then it’s difficult to discover the right solution. It’s vital to evaluate the problem and it can be done. The good news is that once you’ve done that, no matter how much or whenever you snore, there’s a solution that can al least reduce it.

The most common causes of snoring are:

  • Age. Your throat narrows as you get older and the ‘muscle tone’ decreases. One result of this, by middle age, is snoring
  • Your build. Men have narrower air passages than women which makes them more likely to snore. Some things such as a narrow throat, a cleft palate, or enlarged adenoids, and other physical attributes that contribute to snoring are often hereditary.
  • Nasal or sinus problems. Blocked airways make inhalation difficult creating a vacuum in the throat, leading to snoring.
  • Overweight or out of shape. Fatty tissue and poor muscle tone contribute to snoring.
  • Alcohol, smoking, and medication. Drinking alcohol, smoking, and certain medications can cause muscle relaxation which often leads to snoring.
  • Sleep posture. Sleeping flat on your back causes the flesh of your throat to relax and blocks the airway.

So the first step to solving a snoring problem is therefore to find the cause of your snoring. Enlist your wife or partner to help you keep a diary of your sleep to monitor your snoring. Observing patterns in your snoring can often help define why you snore, what makes it worse, and how to go about stopping the snoring.

Remember. How you snore often reveals why you snore. It’s crucial to note  the different ways you sleep and snore. Sleep positions reveal a lot, and figuring out how you snore can reveal why you snore. 

Knowing how you snore gets you closer to a cure.

  • Closed-mouth snoring may indicate a problem with your tongue.

  • Open-mouth snoring may be related to the tissues in your throat.

  • Snoring when sleeping on your back is probably mild snoring – improved sleep habits and lifestyle changes may be effective cures.

  • Snoring in all sleep positions can mean your snoring is more severe and may require a more comprehensive treatment.

Finding the right cure for your snoring

This can be the hard part with so many strange anti-snoring devices now being available with more being added all the time. Finding the right solution for your snoring can seem like a daunting task and unfortunately, many of these unusual devices are unproven.

There are, however, plenty of proven techniques to help you to stop. Not every remedy is right for every person so it may require patience, some changes of lifestyle, and a willingness to experiment with different solutions to finally put a stop to your snoring.

By John Redfern