Snoring is a condition that occurs when a person breathes loudly or noisily during sleep. Occasionally snoring is not any problem because virtually every person snores during sleep. It only becomes a problem when a person snores regularly or habitually. A habitual snorer constitutes serious distraction to a bed partner. Sleeping in different rooms has become a solution to such a problem. Even at that, some people snores so loudly that they distract another person in a room closer to theirs. There are a number of factors that can result in snoring. Here are some of the causes of sleeping.
Causes of snoring
Generally, one snores when the free flow of air via the passage at the mouth’s and nose’s back is obstructed making the passage of air to be turbulent. This situation causes the tissue to vibrate resulting to some sound. This sound generated from the vibration can be loud and noisy and this is what is referred to as snoring. Here are some factors that cause the blockage of the air passage.
- Nasal congestion: your breathing or the passage of air can be obstructed when you have allergies that result in nasal congestion. Nasal congestion resulting from deviated septum can also lead to snoring.
- Gaining too much weight: being overweight or obese is another factor that can cause snoring. If your neck and throat region is gaining too much mass, it is more likely that you will snore because gaining too much weight around this region leads to obstruction of free flow of air because it narrows the airway.
- Alcohol consumption: people who drink alcoholic beverages at night are more likely to snore when they sleep. When you take alcoholic beverage, your muscles will be more relaxed and this may lead to the obstruction of air passage causing you to snore. There are other factors that may cause the muscle of your throat to become relaxed causing them to collapse and fall back to the air channel. Certain sleeping pills and alcohol consumption as it has been mentioned above can cause such condition.
Symptoms of snoring
There are some symptoms associated with snoring which can be experienced either by snorer or by the bed partner or any person whose sleep is distracted by the snoring. Here are some of the symptoms of snoring:
- daytime sleepiness
- restless sleep
- sore throat
- high blood pressure
- relationship problems
- trouble concentration
- gasping or choking during sleep
- irregular heartbeat
- Health risk associated with snoring
Habitual snorers are liable to the following health risk:
- long interruption of breathing
- light sleeping
- poor night rest or sleep causing you to become week during the day
- chronic headaches
- daytime tiredness or sleepiness
- low oxygen levels in the blood
- strain on the heart
It has been shown through a number of studies that snoring with sleep apnea increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure. There are indications from some studies that snorers who do not suffer from sleep apnea are also liable to premature death and stroke.