What Causes Snoring
Snoring is caused by a narrowed airway during sleep. When you are awake, your airway is held open by gravity and by your muscles, but when you sleep, gravity pulls down on your airway and your muscles relax. Your jaw becomes the main support for the tissues in your throat. When your airway narrows, the air flowing through it becomes turbulent. Think of the water coming out of a hose when you partly block the opening with your thumb. This turbulence causes your throat to vibrate, which is the sound of snoring.
Snoring can be due simply to your anatomy, or it can be caused by many factors including:
- Being overweight
- Drinking alcohol before bed
- Allergies and infections
- Sleeping on your back
- Poor bite
Men are more likely to be snorers than women, but women can also be snorers. Snoring also tends to worsen with age.
Sometimes snoring is temporary or seasonal, but it can often be a chronic health problem.