Have you woken up gasping with a dry throat? Or awoke to an annoyed partner or housemate because of all the nose you’ve been making throughout the night? It may be time to come to terms with admitting you are a snorer.
Snoring is something we all do from time to time, but when it begins suddenly and continues on a more regular basis, you’re probably wondering what’s going on. It’s more than just an unappealing sound, which is why it’s important to learn more and get to the bottom of why you started in the first place.
What is snoring?
Snoring is a choking, rattling or growling sound that you make when there is an obstruction in your airways while asleep. This restriction of air through your windpipe causes the tissue in your throat to vibrate at the bottleneck.
What can cause snoring?
People snore due to this obstruction of air, so the real question to ask is what is causing the actual restriction in your windpipe. It could be due to a narrow throat, the relaxing of the airways, the soft palate or jaw falling backward during the night, gravity’s downward force as you lie horizontally, or a combination of all of the above.
If you have suddenly begun to snore or have only just started to notice, it is likely to be due to a recent physical change in your mouth or throat. This could be caused by:
putting on weight, especially around the neck
jaw misalignment due to an injury
sleep deprivation, which can cause your airways to become more relaxed and close your throat
an awkward sleeping position that has put a strain on the airways
a weakened tissue anatomy, making it more susceptible to collapse
nasal congestion, such as from a cold or flu
smoking or excessive alcohol which can irritate the throat lining
allergies which cause the throat to restrict
certain medications which can relax the airways
Of course, don’t rule out that you may have a new partner or housemate who is more sensitive to the sound and has brought it to your attention, or you haven’t noticed until you woken yourself up for the first time recently.
Can you relate to any of the above reasons? It may explain why there has been a sudden onset of snoring.
Unfortunately, prolonged snoring has been linked to symptoms such as daytime lethargy and irritability, as well as sleep disorders like sleep apnea. Therefore, it’s worth taking action to address your snoring.
Find out how you can stop snoring
Now you know the reasons why you or your partner may have started to snore, you can take concrete steps to stop or at least alleviate this issue. We've set out a whole list of ways onhow to stop snoring.
Take the Free Sleep Assessment
If you are experiencing problems sleeping due to snoring and you are searching for a cure, you can complete our free sleep assessment to better understand how to correct your restful state, wake up fresh and improve your overall health.
The assessment asks you a series of simple questions designed to help you uncover the cause, and the results will be conveniently sent to you via an email.