Why do people snore while sleeping?
Snoring is the noisy breathing that happens when air passes through the relaxed tissues in your throat, causing them to vibrate and in turn causing snoring sounds. Almost all people snore occasionally but for some, it is a chronic problem. Snoring can also be an indication of a serious health condition, requiring medical intervention (snoring treatment).
Common causes of snoring
Snoring can be caused by many different factors. You may be able to control some of these factors, such as alcohol consumption and weight. Other snoring causes may be out of your control, such as the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses. Other snoring causes may include:
Health consequences of snoring
Complications from snoring
How to stop your partner from snoring
If you or your partner snore only occasionally or mildly and wake feeling refreshed and able to function well during the day, you can try to remedy your snoring with the following behavioral changes:
- Lose weight
- Avoid tranquilizers, sleeping pills and antihistamines before bedtime
- Avoid alcohol and heavy meals or snacks for at least 3-4 hours before bedtime
- Sleep on the side, not the back
- Clear nasal passages – a neti pot (device for nasal irrigation), nasal decongestant or can help breathe easier while sleeping.