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Snoring, is most frequent among men and overweight people, while it usually worsens with age. Anybody can snore from time to time and this situation is not serious.

The situation becomes more serious in the case of habitual snoring when, apart from disturbing other people, the quality of sleep is also impaired. Sometimes medical assistance is needed in order to address this issue and achieve a better quality of sleep.


What Causes Snoring?

A person snores when the flow of air through the mouth and nose is physically obstructed. This can be caused by a combination of factors, including:

Obstructed nasal airways:

The nose can be blocked due to several causes, such as allergic rhinitis, a sinus infection, deformities of the nose e.g a deviated septum (a structural change in the wall that separates one nostril from the other) or one or more nasal polyps.

Bulky throat tissue:

Increased body weight can affect the size of the throat tissue, thus leading to snoring. In the case of children who snore, the big size of tonsils and adenoids are usually the cause.

Poor muscle tone in the throat and tongue:

Sometimes, due to reasons such as deep sleep, alcohol consumption or use of sleeping pills, the muscles of the throat and tongue might relax and this results to their collapsing and falling back into the airway causing snoring. This is further enhanced with age.

Long soft palate and/or uvula:

The opening from the nose to the throat can be narrowed because of a long soft palate or a long uvula (the dangling tissue in back of the mouth). When there is a vibration of the palate and/or the uvula, they might bump against one another thus the airway becomes obstructed, causing snoring.

Tips to stop snoring

  • Sleep on your side, not your back.
  • Sleep upright
  • Practice good sleep hygiene
  • Lose weight
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Use a nasal spray to open nasal passages

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