Why Do We Snore?

stewart snoringIf you snore, then you may have problems obtaining the deep rest you need. You can also drive your significant other crazy, both of you eventually suffering from poor sleep as a result. But why do we snore? By understanding the factors behind this annoying habit you can take steps to help prevent it. In addition, you can better understand the link between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Frequently Asked Questions About Snoring

Question: What causes us to snore?

Answer: The vibration of soft tissue. For some people, the soft tissue in the back of the mouth and in the throat can become very relaxed and collapse, partially obstructing airways. As air is forced through, a loud noise is created. Neck circumference and congestion can also lead to issues with snoring.

Question: Can my daily habits lead to issues?

Answer: Yes. For example, consuming alcohol before bed can make the issue more likely to occur. In addition, obesity also increases the risk of a patient snoring. By avoiding alcohol in the two to four hours before bed and losing weight, you can often help address the problem.

Question: Does how I sleep matter?

Answer: Yes. Sleeping on your back can make you more likely to snore. We suggest instead sleeping on your side. You should also make sure your bedroom is dark, cool, and the perfect environment for a good night’s rest.

Question: How do I stop?

Answer: In some cases, we can recommend an oral appliance. The device is worn at night and is very similar to a nightguard. The appliance is designed to move the jaw forward, in doing so the device keeps airways open and prevents soft tissue collapse. We can also use this as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when those soft tissues completely block airflow and cause patients to stop breathing for brief periods.