Almost everyone snores occasionally, but if it becomes a frequent thing, it can affect not only the quantity but also the quality of your sleep and with that of your family members and roommates. Snoring can cause irritability, poor sleep, and daytime fatigue and can even increase health conditions.
You may be wondering why you snore. When you snooze and progress from light sleep to sound sleep, the muscles at the roof of your mount (known as the soft palate), throat, and tongue relax. The tissues in your throat relax to the point that they block partially your airway and produce vibration. The more narrowed your airway will become, the more strong the airflow will be. This results to an increase in tissue vibration that makes your snoring sounds louder.
Take note that not all snoring is similar. Actually, everyone snores for different causes. When you get to know the underlying cause of why you snore, you can identify the right solutions to have a quieter and peaceful doze. Now let’s get to know the common conditions that cause snoring.
The Anatomy of Your Mouth
A low and thick soft palate can cause narrowing of the airway. People who are obese or overweight usually have extra tissues at the back of their throat, which may narrow their airways. Similarly, if the triangular piece of tissue dangling from the soft palate (referred as uvula) is elongated, the airflow can be obstructed, thus increasing vibration.
Crooked division between your nostrils (septum) and chronic nasal congestions can also be contributing factors to your snoring.
Consuming heavy amount of alcohol prior to sleeping can also cause snoring. Alcohol relaxes the throat muscles and lessens your natural defense towards airway barrier.
Snoring can also be related to obstructive sleep apnea. In this serious case, your throat tissues have partially or totally blocked your airway and prevent you from breathing normally.