Do people constantly complain that your snoring is disrupting their sleep? Snoring may seem harmless but when your partner has to share the same room or the same bed every night whilst you snore, it can become a major problem in your relationship. You’d be surprised to know that not all snorers are middle-aged men as we’d like to picture.
You could be in your prime 20′s and can yet be snoring all through the night. It makes one wonder, why exactly does one snore while they sleep? Read on to know all about snoring and its causes.
Just like the way our vocal cords vibrate to produce the sound of our voice, the same way the snoring sound is produced when there is a vibration of the respiratory structures of the upper airway when you inhale while sleeping. This happens in particular when air cannot move freely through the nose and mouth while you sleep. There are several reasons for this:
Nasal or sinus allergy: Many people snore only when they have cold or sinus or some sort of a nasal infection. Such infections cause a blockage in the airways making inhalation difficult and creating a vacuum in the throat which leads to snoring.
Your built: People with a narrow throat, enlarged adenoids, a cleft palate and other such physical traits snore more often. Men tend to have narrower air passage than women and this is why they tend to snore more.
Age: As you get older your throat get narrower and the muscle tone in your throat also decreases. This is why middle-aged people snore more often than younger folks.
Being overweight: Overweight people have bulky throat tissues that influence snoring.
Alcohol and smoking:Alcohol and smoking relaxes the throat muscle and reduces your natural defences against airway obstruction which then leads to snoring.