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6 Things That Cause Snoring

Updated on August 20, 2011

As I've said in previous articles, snoring can ruin relationships. And while it's all fine and good to laugh about it when you see it in film, it's not the slightest bit funny when you're on your fifth day without sleep, let alone fifth year. Luckily for many of you, there are new devices which greatly reduce snoring. These were not available when I was sleeping next to someone who snored loudly enough to be heard on the next continent over. But it's not enough to just buy one of these items and stick it on when you go to bed -- you really need to figure out why you're snoring in the first place, as going after the problem at the root in conjunction with anti-snoring devices is far, far more effective. Take a look at these 10 Causes Of Snoring and try to suss which one pertains to you.

Obesity

Extra fat in the throat area can lead to snoring; and you really needn't be Michelin Tire man pudgy, either. All you need is enough extra weight to cause your airway to narrow during sleep. If you've got a few extra pounds around your neck, you probably don't have enough muscle tone to prevent that from happening, which could result in snoring.

Positioning

How are you sleeping? If you're flat on your back, gravity is not going to be your friend. All that slack muscle is going to collapse around your throat, leading the same narrowing mentioned above. That, and your tongue can slide back a bit, blocking it further. Not good, and very, very noisy. You really ought to be sleeping on your side or your stomach.

Drinking

Alcohol is a depressant. It will lead to excessive relaxation of your muscles, once again leading to a narrowing of your airway and causing you to snore. Not only that, but you will far less likely to wake yourself up and turn over at some point -- and less likely to respond when someone else asks you to do so. Very annoying. If you snore, don't drink before you go to bed, and never drink in large volume.

Allergies

Allergies can make it difficult to breathe. If you can't breathe properly when you're upright and awake, you've already got one strike against you. If you can't breathe through your nose, you're going to have to breathe through your mouth, which is going to increase your chances of snoring. If you take allergy medications, taking them an hour or so before bed can sometimes help with this.

Colds and Flu

Working on the same principles we just talked about above, if you've got a stuffy nose, you're going to need to breathe through your mouth, which is going to make you prone to snoring. Stay on top of your medicine and vitamin intake during these times, as the quicker you get over it, the sooner you will stop snoring.

Smoking

Your body isn't keen on smoking. You may not realize it, but the mucosa of your nose is probably at least slightly inflamed from the daily passage of smoke through it. Same thing applies to your throat. Having read the previous causes on this list, you've probably already realized this increases your odds of snoring, as your airway is likely to be at least moderately compromised as a result of smoking.

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