Snoring, that snorting or grunting sound we’ve all heard before, occurs when the muscles inside the throat relax during sleep. As air rushes over this relaxed tissue in the throat, it vibrates and creates the snoring noise. Most people will snore sometimes, however loud or chronic snoring can disrupt sleep-quality and disturb others. Particularly when loud, it is often associated with other sleep-related breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
Some of the most common causes of snoring include:
Being overweight/obese - the extra fat may create narrowing of the wind pipe.
- Consumption of alcohol close to bed-time - alcohol relaxes the throat muscles
- Infection - any inflammation or swelling of the throat can create obstruction and increase opportunity for air flow to vibrate against throat tissue.
- Sleep position – sleeping on your back may cause your throat muscles and tongue to relax (due to gravity); the tongue is then more likely to fall back and compress the airway, causing snoring or making snoring louder
How To Stop Snoring
There are many different ways to treat and stop snoring. From anti-snoring devices such as mouthpieces, chin straps, and snoring masks to natural snoring remedies to snoring surgery, the list of snoring solutions goes on. Theravent Snore Therapy is another solution to snoring that uses expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP), technology which utilizes the user's own breath to lessen or cease snoring.
Myths About Snoring
Snoring comes from the nose
As mentioned above, most snoring is caused from air rushing past loos tissue in the throat. This rushing air causes the tissue to vibrate, which creates the noise that we know as snoring. While a congested nose can aggravate snoring, it is rarely the cause. That's why nasal strips that go over the bridge of the nose or evasive nasal surgeries rarely help solve the problem.
Snoring Only Effects Overweight People
Many healthy and athletic individuals suffer from snoring. While being overweight can contribute to the closing of the airway, and thus increased throat tissue vibrations, losing weight alone may not cure your snoring.
Snoring Occurs More Frequently in Older Men and Women
No...and yes. Among adults over the age of 50, snoring impacts men and women equally. However, snoring does impact men more than women in younger adults.
Snoring is Relatively Uncommon
False. Did you know that approximately 30% of people snore by the age of 30? And approximately 50% of people 50 and above snore.
Snoring Is Annoying, But Safe
This is not true. Snoring impacts people's ability to sleep, which can cause a myriad of physical and emotional problems for bed partners. Also, snoring can also be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is a serious and potentially life threatening illness.