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Causes of Snoring

In order to treat snoring, you must understand the cause of your snoring.  The cause may be something that you can control.  An irregular airflow is due to a passerway blockage.  

There are many causes of snoring.  The first cause is a weakness of the throat.  The throat closes during sleep.  A second cause if obesity. 


Fat gathers in and around the throat.  An obstruction in the nasal passageway and tissues at the top of airway rubbing against each other also can be causes.  Medications, drugs and alcohol are all substances that are considered relaxants that slacken throat muscles. 


Finally, a person who sleeps on his or her back tends to have the tongue drop to the back of the mouth and causing a blockage.  

There are also risk factors that make some people more susceptible to snore than others. Some factors are out of a person’s control.  Males have higher risk of snoring than women because their air passages are more narrow. 


Heredity can leave some with a narrow throat, a cleft palate, enlarged adenoids and other physical attributes that could contribute to snoring.  Another risk factor that is not in your control is your age. Being middle-aged or older naturally increases your likelihood to snore because the throat becomes more narrow as you age. 


An additional factor is a propensity to cold, sinus infections, allergies and asthma.  Each condition blocks the airway making breathing more difficult.

In contrast, there are risk factors that you can control and may reduce or eliminate your snoring.  As stated before, being overweight is a risk factor for snoring. 


If you have a history of smoking or consume alcohol and medications, your chance of snoring is greater.  To further lessen your chance of snoring, sleep on your side.

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