Snoring is just a soft sound produced due to the vibration of respiratory passages during sleep. It may be brought on due to stress as well. Snoring becomes abnormal when it starts making a high grunting or snorting sound. So exactly why do we snore? Here are a few major reasons.
Why Do We Snore?
Thickness of the uvula and the floppiness of the soft palate in the throat can cause excessive vibration that leads to snoring.
Since we mostly breathe through our noses, a disfigured nasal passage cause snoring as well. Sometimes, the nasal passages constrict more than they normally should, causing the snoring sound.‘Obstructive Sleep Apnoea’ is a medical condition associated with snoring. The upper air passages are obstructed causing gaps and pauses in breathing that cause snoring.
Medical conditions such as Allergic Rhinitis and tonsils also cause excessive snoring.
Falling back of the tongue into the airway during sleep also causes snoring.
The position of the jaw also has a role to play. Sometimes tension leads to tightening and displacement of the jaw, causing the air passage to become narrower and constrained.
Extreme body exhaustion also causes snoring.
Medical studies have also shown that obesity, alcohol consumption and excessive smoking lead to snoring.
Sleeping position also has a role. Sleeping on one’s back causes the falling back of the breathing system, making it difficult to breathe air out of the nose during sleep.
Since sleep has various stages, most snoring is researched to take place during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep. This stage is also related to dreaming.
Aging is also associated with snoring.
Stress or psychological anxiety and depression can also lead to extreme snoring.
Anti-depressants used for the treatment of psychological issues also lead to a higher risk of abnormal snoring.
Is Snoring Always Healthy?
Snoring is just a sound made during sleep. It may, however, become an illness if it causes discomfort for the people living with the individual, or for the individual himself. Some snoring can also cause extreme tiredness and exhaustion. This is when snoring becomes a sleeping disorder and requires medical attention.
There are various surgical and non-surgical treatments which are used to treat snoring. One should not be ashamed if snoring is causing discomfort. There is medical help present. Do not refrain from consulting your nearest physician rather than being ashamed and making life stressful for yourself and your loved ones.