Have you ever asked yourself “What causes snoring”? Sometimes it’s funny, most of the time it’s bothersome, but it can be a sign of something more serious. We can probably all think of a time when we couldn’t sleep because someone was snoring loudly nearby.
Snoring is not a medical disorder on its own, but beyond disrupting sleep, snoring can be a symptom of an underlying problem, like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). But why do we snore, and what can we do about it? Let’s look at what causes snoring and some snoring remedies.
What causes snoring? According to the Mayo Clinic, snoring is a result of compressed airways that force the air from each breath through a tightened space, causing tissues like the soft palate to vibrate. This produces that lovely chainsaw melody that we all know and dislike. But what is putting pressure on those passages?
If air passages become so compressed that they close completely, that is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is dangerous because it interrupts normal breathing, and thus oxygen flow to the heart. It is not common for sleep apnea to be a direct cause of death, but sleep apnea can lead to other, potentially fatal health problems. It also disturbs sleep patterns, which can lead to tiredness, impaired reflexes, and a lower quality of life in general.
After we ask, “What causes snoring?”, we also need to ask, “How do we stop snoring?” and what are some snoring remedies? If your nights are noisy due to your partner’s snoring, or if you snore and want to feel better, there are things you can do about it. As always, visit your dentist to work out what is causing your snoring, and follow their directions.
At Dr. Blum and Associates, we frequently use sleep apnea appliances to help our patients snore less. Custom-fitted for maximum comfort, these correct the position of the jaw and tongue to open airways without drying them out.
We believe that restful sleep is something we should all be able to enjoy. If your sleep quality (or someone else’s) is affected by snoring, then we can help you work out what might be causing your snoring and how to get rid of it.