Snoring is a very common condition that affects both men and women. Anyone who’s been on the receiving end of someone who snores, knows how disruptive it can be to a good night’s sleep.
Snoring is LOUD! In fact, the loudest recorded snore is 87 decibels, which is louder than a vacuum cleaner, and almost as loud as a lawnmower.1
Snoring is particularly frustrating because the snorer is normally completely unaware of the problem. They continue to sleep soundly while anyone within earshot has a sleepless night. As well as being a problem for a sleeping partner, snoring can also be a warning sign of obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea has some serious implications for your health, so it’s important to exclude this as the cause of your snoring before deciding on treatment.
Causes of snoring:
When you go to sleep, the muscles at the back of your throat relax. When this happens, your airway can narrow or close as you breathe. With your airway partly blocked a vibration occurs and snoring results.
Snoring can be made worse by sleeping on your back, having a narrow or blocked nose, or having a small lower jaw.
Drinking alcohol (especially near bedtime) and certain medications, can contribute to snoring. Cigarette smoking, which can irritate the nose and throat, is often blamed also.