Snoring is a sleeping disorder that can affect millions of people, not only does it affect those that suffer from it, but quite often affects their partners and those who also sleep in the house – affecting them a lot more, as they are the ones that mostly have to listen to. Snoring is caused by a tightening of the airways causing excessive vibration and hence the noise that you hear when someone snores. There can be many reasons for this tightening of the airways, such as various lifestyles that we live and it can also be connected to the age and sex of the sufferer. Generally speaking, males that are middle-aged are more prone to it than other age groups or sexes. The reason for this is because, as we age, the muscles in the area weaken which causes this tightening. Men generally have a bigger neck than women, which is why they are more prone to suffer from small. Those that sleep on their back are also more prone to suffer from snoring as the head tilts back slightly constricting the airways; if you’re able to adjust your sleeping position, it could help reduce snoring.
Obviously, there is not always something that can be done about these causes; however, there are plenty of other causes that we can control or at least try to affect in order to minimise the chances of snoring occurring and how severe the snoring is. One of the causes of snoring is due to alcohol use, the alcohol causes weakening of the muscles around the airways which causes them to tighten. By reducing alcohol use you able to try and minimise the effects of snoring. Just as with alcohol, smoking can also lead to an increase in the chances of suffering from snoring, and again, just as with alcohol use, smoking causes a weakening of the muscles around the airways, causing them to tighten. Obviously, smoking has many negative health indications attached to it, snoring being just one of them, so giving up would not only be beneficial when it comes to snoring but your whole health in general, and is certainly recommended.
Another common cause of snoring can be those that are obese. Excessive fat around the areas close to the airways causes the muscles to be pushed inwards, therefore, tightening the airways. By losing weight, you can help to lessen the fat in that area and reduce the effect that it has on tightening the airways. As you can see, there are many factors that contribute to snoring that are associated with a poor lifestyle – excessive drinking, smoking and over-eating or lack of exercise, or both. By trying to improve our lifestyles, it is possible to reduce the effects of snoring, and even cut it out altogether. Not only would trying to live a healthier lifestyle and reducing these unhealthy habits have a positive effect on snoring, but it can also help your general health, reducing the risk of serious diseases, such as cancer, and help you to live longer and more healthily.