Wondering what causes snoring? I’m going to share the reasons behind snoring and why it’s so important you know what they are.
So often when someone we know snores, we kind of make fun of them and laugh it off, right? We don’t always think about what causes snoring, and we don’t realize how dangerous snoring can be.
What Causes Snoring
Remember, it’s very important to see a doctor if you or someone in your home is snoring. Better safe than sorry.
Enlarged Throat Tissues
When someone falls asleep, their mouth relaxes. To see what I mean, lay flat on your back and really let your jaw fall where it wants to. That’s what happens at night during sleep.
If a person has throat tissue that is unusually long or thick, that relaxation can cause those tissues to narrow the airway.
That’s why people who snore seem to do it more when they’re on their back. Gravity is pulling those tissues back even more.
It’s easy to understand, isn’t it?
Adenoids and tonsils that are large are notorious for this.
Children who snore should see a doctor right away to screen for Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.
It can cause behavioral problems, problematic behavior in school, medical complications, problems learning, and more.
Talk with your doctor about some steps you can take to lose a few pounds.
Someone who is having problems with snoring should stay away from all alcohol before bed. It relaxes throat muscles and can definitely make snoring worse.
Allergies & Sinus Infections
Allergies, cold and flu and sinus problems that cause people to be stuffed up can definitely be what causes snoring in an otherwise healthy person.
Try propping the stuffy person up on pillows when it’s time to go to bed.
It might also help a great deal to take some OTC decongestant, but again, I’m not a doctor.
Being Super Tired
If you’re absolutely worn out and haven’t slept well in the last day or two, you’re more likely to snore.
It’ll get better for you once you’ve had a good night’s sleep.
Mouth guards are the easiest and effective away to stop snoring. You can see a great video of how they work here.
We like the Sleep Tight Mouthpieces because they’re designed by a dentist, FDA approved for snoring and are under $10.
In closing, to know for sure exactly what causes snoring for you or someone in your family, make an appointment with your doctor.
If you’ve had trouble with snoring in the past, or your hubs and kids have, how did that work out? What did you do to solve the problem? I’d love to know more, so take a minute and share your story in the comments.
Sher Bailey is a writer in the Midwest who believes the power of humor, Mod Podge, and grandkids can fix most problems in life. You can find her at SherBailey.com.