Why Do People Snore?

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Snoring is a common problem that many people have. In fact, at least half of adults snore from time to time. It impacts the snorer as well as those in the same bed, room or even the same house as the snorer. Despite the obvious effect of difficulty sleeping, the underlying causes of snoring can have a significant impact on the health of the snorer.

Function

  • A blockage in the respiratory system results in the irregular passage of air while breathing during sleep. The vibration that occurs when air is obstructed in the respiratory system causes a sound or noise to be emitted. These sounds are referred to as snores. Blockages commonly occur in the throat, jaw or nasal passageway.

Effects

  • Snoring can lead to sleep deprivation, daytime fatigue and irritability for those affected by it. Sleeping with someone who snores can put on a drain on your relationship. Blame is often placed on the snorer for another's inability to get a good night's sleep. The snorer is also likely to deny the snoring or the extent of it to deflect blame or embarrassment. Those who suffer from the snoring of others will also most likely encourage the snorer to get help or seek treatment.

Types

  • The types of snoring differ by severity. Snoring that occurs occasionally while sleeping on your back or after the consumption of alcohol is considered mild since it is situational. If you frequently snore loudly, regardless of your sleeping position, your snoring is considered moderate since it is habitual. Constant, extremely loud snoring that occurs nightly with your mouth open is severe.

Considerations

  • When snoring is accompanied by pauses in breathing, this is called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder. Sufferers of sleep apena may stop breathing for 10 seconds at a time, which is very dangerous. This condition can be diagnosed by having a sleep study performed.

Prevention/Solution

  • Since snoring is caused by blockages in the respiratory system, snoring should cease when those blockages are removed. For example, many people who are overweight tend to snore because excess fat may obstruct their throat while sleeping. Therefore, losing weight could alleviate this. Also, smokers also tend to have snore since their throats have been weakened by this habit. Reducing or eliminating smoking should help people to snore less. It is also recommended for people to sleep on their side instead of their back to prevent the tongue from blocking the throat while sleeping. Nasal strips can also open up the nasal passageway to allow more air through and less obstruction.

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