What Causes Snoring?

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Snoring is an embarrassing problem for many people and there are a number of reasons why people might snore. It could be down to their sleeping position, their smoking habits or even their diet. Let’s explore some of the causes of snoring and see how it can be reduced.


It is thought that if you are overweight, you are likely to snore because you have more fat surrounding the neck. If you are worried that your weight is contributing to your snoring condition and you have already taken steps to improve your health, such as eating more salads, signing up to Aviva Life or your local insurance company, or joining the gym, then you are on the right path to reducing your snoring habit.
A man who has a collar size greater than 16 inches, might not have the muscle tone needed to keep the airway fully open. Someone with a short, fat neck will have a narrower airway, resulting in louder throat vibrations. Losing weight will reduce the fat around the neck and create a wider air passage.

Sleeping Positions

Your sleeping position plays an important role during sleep. Several studies have shown that people who sleep on their backs are more likely to snore than those who sleep on their sides.
When you sleep on your back, gravitational forces pull the tongue and soft palate to the back of the throat, thus causing a narrower airway which leads to snoring.


Each cigarette which is smoked causes the throat to inflate, as well as irritating the lining of the nasal cavity. This causes the airway passage to become congested, making it difficult to breathe through the nose. It has been proven that children of parents who smoke are more likely to snore than children of non smoking parents. However, by having your last cigarette at least 4 hours prior to going to bed, will give your body time to reduce the effects of the cigarette smoke and help you to sleep more soundly.

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