Why Do People Snore?

Snoring is a natural thing humans and animals do. It can be annoying to sleep around people who snore. Often, people say it is the bane of their existence to hear their husband, lover, or what have you snore throughout the night, ending up with insomnia. That is why many people search on Google, “Why do people snore?” In fact, it is one of the most asked questions on the internet. The common causes of snoring is age, weight, basic biology of the sexes, nasal and sinus issues, taking certain substances (alcohol, smoking, particular medications), and the position of sleep. So, in the following paragraphs, we will get to the bottom of these causes.

Let us start with age. Growing older has certain effects on the body, and one of them is the greater chance of snoring. According to HelpGuide.org, “As you reach middle age and beyond, your throat becomes narrower, and the muscle tone in your throat decreases. While you can’t do anything about growing older, lifestyle changes, new bedtime routines, and throat exercises can all help to prevent snoring” (“How to Stop Snoring”). So, snoring more is inevitable with age, but we can do certain actions to cancel some of the effects of this process.

Weight is another factor in snoring more. Also, being out of shape in general can contribute to this issue. As stated by Sleep.org, “Other factors can contribute; the most common is that there’s too much tissue in the throat and nasal areas. That’s why weight gain is often connected to snoring—many people who never snored in the past will begin to do so when they put on a few pounds. Gaining weight can add to the weight of your neck, which presses down on the throat during sleep” (“What Causes People to Snore”). That means if you pass a certain threshold in your body weight, the chances of snoring increases.

It is also a well-known fact that men snore more than women. This is due to basic biology. According to HelpGuide.org, “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” (“How to Stop Snoring”). So, it is an inescapable fact that if you are man, due to your biology, you are more likely to snore. In fact, women make up only a third of all snorers (Frank, Christina).

Another common cause of snoring is nasal or sinus issues. These problems can range from colds to more serious illnesses. According to HelpGuide.org, “Blocked airways or a stuffy nose makes inhalation difficult and creates a vacuum in the throat, leading to snoring” (“How to Stop Snoring”). However, most of these issues can be easily solved with medication and other treatments.

In addition, certain substances like alcohol and the smoke of cigarettes causes us to snore more. That is why you may have noticed that you snore more after a night of partying. Anyway, according to WebMD, “Alcohol and sedatives reduce the resting tone of the muscles in the back of your throat, making it more likely you’ll snore. “Drinking alcohol four to five hours before sleeping makes snoring worse,” [Sudhansu] Chokroverty says. “People who don’t normally snore will snore after drinking alcohol”’ (Melone, Linda). So, it is best to avoid these substances if you want your partner to feel comfortable sleeping next to you.
Finally, the position in which we sleep can affect our chances of snoring. As stated by WebMD, “Lying on your back makes the base of your tongue and soft palate collapse to the back wall of your throat, causing a vibrating sound during sleep. Sleeping on your side may help prevent this” (Melone, Linda). This is a simple trick to avoid snoring if you do not have respiratory issues.

To look back at what we discovered, snoring is caused by multiple factors: how old we are, our weight, our basic biology, our nasal and sinus issues, our consumption of substances (alcohol, smoking, some medications), and our sleeping position. Keeping these all in mind, we can reduce, if not eliminate, our snoring.

Works Cited

“How to Stop Snoring.” HelpGuide.org, 21 Mar. 2019, www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/snoring-tips-to-help-you-and-your-partner-sleep-better.htm/.

“What Causes People to Snore.” Sleep.org, www.sleep.org/articles/why-people-snore/.

Frank, Christina. “Snoring Causes and Treatments.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/women/features/does-snoring-have-you-up-all-night#1.

Melone, Linda. “7 Easy Snoring Remedies: How to Stop Snoring.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/easy-snoring-remedies#1.

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