Snoring is a common sleep disorder that affects many people from getting a good nights sleep. Even though your snoring tends to get worse as you get older, it is found in all different ages. Furthermore, if you are a male, or overweight, your likely hood of being a snorer is much greater. Research found that 45% of people are occasional snorers, while 25% of people are habitual snorers.
For the most part, occasional snoring is not that serious. It mostly affects the person sleeping next to the snorer from having a good nights sleep rather than the person snoring. On the other hand, not only do habitual snorers affect their partner’s sleep, but they also affect their sleep as well. Habitual snorers snore every time they sleep, and usually wake up exhausted, even though they had a good nights sleep.
So why can’t you get a good nights sleep? What is causing you to snore? The main cause of snoring is from the blockage of the flow of air from your nose and mouth. When you breathe, the walls of your throat vibrate, making the sounds of snoring. Below are three different ways in which airflow can be blocked when you are trying to breathe.
Being overweight can give you an access of large tissue in your throat. This can also be a problem for children that have large tonsils.
Another factor that can cause snoring is having poor muscle tone in your throat. The muscles in your throat or tongue can be too relaxed, resulting in the muscles collapsing and falling back into the airway. Several things that can cause this to happen are alcohol, deep sleeping, and some different types of sleeping pills. The older you get the more your muscles want to relax, which can make snoring worse.
Having nasal blockage is also a main factor for snoring. During allergy season, snoring tends to get worse because your air way is being blocked. When your air way is being blocked, it requires extra effort to get air through the passageway. A result of this is that it can collapse the soft dangly tissue of the throat, which causes snoring as well.
Now that you know what causes snoring, it’s time to quit having to ask yourself, how can I get sleep. If you are obese, try losing some of that weight and see if it helps with your snoring. If you are constantly having nasal blockage, try different medicines to see it those help.