Snoring Causes and Why You Shouldn’t Ignore It
When babies snore, we find it “cute.” If we see Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man snore while waiting to confront The Mandarin (although Iron Man will probably never be seen nor heard snoring), we tend to go “awww, how adorable!”
If we see dear old Dad snoring, having fallen asleep on the living room couch while watching TV, a big grin spreads across our faces.
But there’s really nothing “cute” about snoring.
In fact, snoring is annoying and may well be not only a problem but also a medical condition which could lead to complications later on. Snoring in movies and in real life elicits smiles, maybe even laughter. But it needs to seriously be addressed.
What Happens When You Snore
Air passes from your nose through your pharynx, larynx and trachea to get to your lungs.
You produce no sound when you’re awake because the air in your airway is not constricted in its flow.
But when you’re sleeping, the muscles of your throat and tongue “relax,” making your airway narrow, so that when air passes, it moves faster than the normal.
This rapid movement causes the muscle tissues to vibrate against each other and creates a sound called “the snore.”
“You are Why You Snore”
Snoring causes include smoking cigarettes a few hours before you sleep, disturbing the way you take in air, making breathing difficult and contributory to snoring.
Another one of the snoring causes is alcohol consumption before you sleep, which loosens your muscles and makes them over-relaxed, causing you to snore.
Snoring also occurs when there is blockage of nasal passages, a result of sinus infection, cold, influenza, allergy or rhinitis.
When your airway is obstructed, the passage of air becomes difficult, so you breathe through your mouth.
Nasal allergies from inflammation of the nasal tissues, as well as smoking, may trigger snoring.
When Women Snore
Snoring is usually associated with men, so why do some women store?
Menopause is one of the snoring causes which affect women, even if there are comparatively less female nocturnal noisemakers than men. Those who are menopausal are more susceptible to snoring.
Decreasing levels of estrogen make the throat and tongue muscles of menopausal women relax more than normal when they sleep, producing sounds like a rampaging power saw.
Unlike men, who seem not to be embarrassed by their snoring, women are uncomfortable if they are found to be snorers.
Women associate snoring as a social stigma. But it is actually more than that: snoring is associated with heart disease and can be a potential health hazard known as sleep apnea (apnea means a long pause from breathing).
The Bigger Issue
Snoring causes also include stress and fatigue which also induce snoring from time to time.
But chronic or “regular” snoring is indicative of a serious situation making you snore more often and louder than what’s normal.
Those with sleep apnea experience excessive sleepiness during the day, falling asleep at work, in school or while doing chores (sleep apnea-afflicted people who drive tend to figure more in vehicular accidents).
Sleep apnea should not be ignored because it can seriously affect blood pressure and maybe the onset of cardiovascular disease.