Snoring is generally caused by loose or excessive tissue at the back of the throat, which relaxes and vibrates during sleep. Congested nasal passages, the tongue, tonsils and adenoids can also contribute to the afﬂiction.
Snoring is very common, and it is estimated that 60% of men and 40% of women are affected by the age of 60.
This is because some people have characteristics which make them more prone to snoring. They are governed by body structure, and the anatomy surrounding the mouth.
Being overweight,- deposits of fat can narrow the throat, and tend to vibrate. Lying on the back.- causes tongue to relax across the throat.
Smoking,- causes throat and nose swelling, as well as irritation of the airway.
Because alcohol relaxes the tissue in the back of the throat, which will collapse into the airway and vibrate.
Yes, snoring can be a sign of the condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. (OSA).
OSA is when a person repeatedly discontinues breathing during sleep.
- Interruption of breathing.
- Gasping or choking during sleep.
- High blood pressure.
- Morning headaches.
Yes, the main symptom is excessive sleepiness in the daytime, but it has also been linked to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, depression etc. Therefore, it is important to consult a health professional if OSA symptoms are observed.