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By, Great Omoraka

So what causes snoring❓❓

Snoring happens when you can’t move air freely through your nose and throat during sleep. This makes the surrounding tissues vibrate, which produces the familiar snoring sound.

People snore due to different reasons, it’s important to understand the causes behind your snoring. Once you understand why you snore, you can find the right solutions to a quieter, deeper sleep.

Common Causes of Snoring:
1). Age (As you reach middle age and beyond, your throat becomes narrower, and the muscle tone in your throat decreases).

2). Being overweight or out of shape.

3). The way you’re built. Men have narrower air passages than women and are more likely to snore. A narrow throat, a cleft palate, enlarged adenoids, and other physical attributes that contribute to snoring are often hereditary.

4). Nasal obstruction and sinus problems.

5). Alcohol, smoking, and medications.

6). Sleep posture.

Lifestyle and Home Remedies for Snoring:
1). If you’re overweight, lose weight. People who are overweight may have extra tissues in the throat that contribute to snoring. Even if you’re not overweight in general, carrying excess weight just around your neck or throat can cause snoring. Exercising and losing weight can sometimes be all it takes to end your snoring.

2). Sleep on your side instead. Lying on your back allows your tongue to fall backward into your throat, narrowing your airway and partially obstructing airflow. Try sleeping on your side, changing your sleeping position can help.

3). Raise the head of your bed. Raising the head of your bed by about 4 inches can help reduce snoring.

4). Limit or avoid drinking alcoholic beverages at least two hours before bedtime. Before taking sedatives like lorazepam (Ativan) and diazepam (Valium), let your doctor know about your snoring.

5). Treat nasal congestion or obstruction. Blocked airways or a stuffy nose make inhalation difficult and can limit airflow through your nose. This forces you to breathe through your mouth, increasing the likelihood of snoring.

Ruling out more serious causes, snoring could indicate sleep apnoea, a serious sleep disorder where your breathing is briefly interrupted many times each night. Normal snoring doesn’t interfere with the quality of your sleep as much as sleep apnoea, so if you’re suffering from extreme fatigue and sleepiness during the day, it could be an indication of sleep apnoea or another sleep-related breathing problem.

Seek Medical Attention if:
1). You snore loudly and heavily and are tired during the day.

2). You stop breathing, gasp, or choke during sleep.

3). You fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as during a conversation or a meal.

…Don’t let snoring ruin your relationship or a good night’s sleep. Stay healthy! 🤗

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