Today’s article is about why do people snore and what is causing this annoying sound you or your partner is making as you sleep!
So, you’re probably having a good night sleep, then you woke up in the morning with a grumpy look on your partner’s face! Caringly, you asked what is wrong, when you were shocked with the reply; “ I didn’t sleep from your snoring!”
It’s at this moment, you’ll start to ask whether your snoring is really that loud and since when has it been happening. Some of us panicked as our partners tell us the news that we are snorers!
But, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about and I’ll tell you why do people snore!
Overall, we’re going to cover:
- Why do people snore?
- What causes snoring?
- Snoring and sleep apnea.
Let’s jump right into it, and start with the number one and most common question…
Why Do People Snore?
“Why me?” Many snorers wonder why they snore while others don’t! Why did fate choose them to snore and not others? What’s the deal?
There are some factors that contribute in the possibilities that you could be a snorer; like:
- Having large tonsils,
- Excess weight around your neck,
- Having a large tongue.
These 3 factors make you more likely to have snoring problems.
Also, some snore because of the shape of their nose or jaw. Basically, snoring happens because your airway gets too restricted and narrow, consequently causing a vibration in your throat and producing the snoring sound.
The sad news is that almost 40% of adults snore, whether they are mild snorers or extreme snorers.
What Causes Snoring?
Do you know why do people snore and while others don’t? Now, it’s time to know that causes snoring and there are multiple ways to answer this question. However, let me give a good simple answer for this.
From an anatomical perspective, snoring happens due to the closed upper airway in your nose and throat. Everyone muscles relax as we sleep, including our neck muscle. But, what makes some people snore and others don’t, is that some people’s neck muscles relax too much and cause a partial closure. Consequently, your airways become too narrow and there’s not enough space for air to travel comfortably into your lungs.
Consequently, your airways become too narrow and there’s not enough space for air to travel comfortably into your lungs.
Due to the narrowed airways, as the air passes through, there’s a higher possibility for your throat muscles to vibrate since the air is moving faster through a smaller area. As a result, you make the noise that we call “snoring“.
However, the reason why the airways are constricted differs from one person to another. You could be snoring because the airway is narrow in your nose, throat or mouth.
The worse type of snoring is the Palatal snoring as you’ll be breathing through your mouth either because of being a mouth breather or have a nasal obstruction.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea:
Shockingly, sleep apnea and snoring are linked together. So, every 5 women who snore, there’s one with sleep apnea. Every 3 men who snore, there’s one who has sleep apnea!
In other words, there’s a strong connection between snoring and sleep apnea. Also, those who habitually snore, usually have a degree of obstructive sleep apnea.
Sadly, you won’t be able to get a healthy sleep over the night if you’re suffering from sleep apnea. It prevents you from having a restful sleep, makes you feel fatigued and exhausted when you wake up and energy drained.
Moreover, most probably those who suffer from hypertension, diabetes type 2, obesity or heart failure have a higher possibility for snoring and sleep apnea.