What is snoring?
When the natural vibration of our respiratory structures becomes obstructed, this is what is termed "snoring". Sometimes this case result in soft sounds. But sometimes the sounds can be very loud and annoying to others that may be sleeping nearby. Snoring is one of the warning signs for a more serious and sometimes fatal condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), so it is worthwhile consulting a doctor if you snore a lot.
What causes snoring?
Research has shown that snoring can sometimes be a factor in sleep deprivation (i.e. not getting enough good quality sleep).
Some of the things that can contribute to snoring are:
- The jaw not being in the right position (sometimes due to muscle tension)
- A lack of strength in the throat causing it to close during sleep
- Fat deposits in the tissues in and around the throat
- Physical obstructions to the nasal passageway (e.g. clogged sinuses)
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- The tissues at the top of the airways touching each other, causing vibrations
- Alcohol or other drugs relaxing the throat muscles
- Sleeping on the back can cause some people's tongue to droop to the back of the mouth.
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