What are the causes of snoring?
Back-to-back sleeping is perhaps one of the most common reasons for snoring.
This is when the respiratory passages are blocked, leading to excessive air being allowed into the throat and lungs which causes an abnormal amount of pressure to build up.
Your mouth is small and restrictive, so the path of air to your vocal cords is blocked. These passages are mainly responsible for converting the air you inhale into the sound you make when you breath out.
However, your mouth is also a very good place to store fat and fluid. Most people who snore do so because of excess fat and fluid stored in their throats or around their larynx. When the pressure in this area is increased, it leads to the release of fluid from the tissues.
How to stop snoring?
Although there isn’t a sure-fire way to stop snoring—as there aren’t a lot of meds available that can help someone with sleep apnea to stop snoring—there are things you can do to minimize your chances of snoring, as well as to be more aware when it comes to recognizing your snoring when you’re awake.
Now, you’re probably thinking the obvious things when it comes to getting yourself some healthy, restful sleep, like keeping your room cooler than usual, cutting down on alcohol and caffeine before bed, and using something like a weighted blanket or a wedge pillow to keep your head down and in a more “natural” sleeping position.
What can cause people to snore while awake?
Research reveals that most cases of snoring during waking hours is due to:
A reduction in blood oxygen (lung blood volume) by increasing pressure in the upper airways when breathing
a failure of the muscles or muscles in the throat to relax, often resulting in a paralysis of the mouth or nose
a build-up of pressure in the throat
It might also be helpful to remember that
– snoring occurs when the muscles of the throat are relaxed, the diaphragm moves (meaning the chest rises and the throat and back open up).
– As a result, the airways can become blocked by anything from fat and droplets of saliva to dust and pollen, among other things.
– when the airways are blocked, less oxygen can enter the lungs, and the result is an inability to breath.
So, the bottom line on snoring is that it’s a very real thing, though not all people snore all the time.
While some people might snore while they are awake, many don’t, and it’s not something that should be taken lightly, whether it’s getting over the embarrassment factor or believing you are “being snoring.”
In fact, snoring can be quite dangerous, as well as “pointless.”
When someone snores, it can wake you up, which can cause you to forget where you are or how you got there! And, if it’s a problem, snoring can be very bad for your health, as you risk more sleep-related problems.