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Why Do We Snore? 8 Shocking Reasons

Your partner, siblings or friends have been waking you up in the middle of the night to tell you to change your position since you have been cutting down trees in bed. Snoring can be disturbing for people around you. 

The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that 90 million people in the U.S. are “snorers.” Imagine the noise if they all slept in one place. 

But snoring is not a choice. There are health conditions and habits that cause noisy breathing during sleep.

What Makes People Snore? 

Nasal Obstruction

Snoring may happen when the nasal passageway is blocked. Nasal obstruction commonly occurs in people with allergies. 

Luckily, nasal sprays are available to help improve the passageway’s flow. The product works by reducing soft tissue swelling caused by inflammation or environmental sensitivities.

The Mouth’s Shape 

How your mouth looks like surprisingly can cause snoring. The people with a lower, thicker or softer palate may have narrow airways that contributes to noisy breathing. But you can use night guards to stay quiet while dreaming. 

Being Overweight

The people with extra weight are likely to have poor muscle tone and more tissue around the throat and neck. These factors can cause snoring. 

Evening Drink

Drinking alcohol before sleep could make you snore at night. It causes airway muscles to relax that leads to excessive snoring, according to Jagdeep Bijwadia, an expert in internal, sleep and pulmonary diseases medicine, told Huffpost

Alcohol has the same effect on people who are not regular snorers. 

Sleeping On Your Back

This is the reason why people wake you up at night. Sleeping on your back contributes to snoring by allowing the jaw and tongue to move into the back of the throat

“Sleeping on your side helps to reduce snoring,” Bijwadia said. “It can increase your nightly oxygen intake and protects the airway from collapsing.” 


As people get older, the risk of snoring also increases. It is because of the degrading tissue in the body. Experts suggest voice exercises, like singing and nasal dilators to reduce age-related snoring.

Thyroid Problem

A poor-functioning thyroid can cause difficulty in breathing during sleep. It affects the upper airway that then triggers snoring during sleep. 

Previous research suggested hormonal stabilization can treat snoring in people with hypothyroid condition. 


Yes, being male or female affects how you sleep. And the award for the most number of snorers goes to men. 

One study showed that men commonly have narrower air passages than women. In addition, high consumption of alcohol also causes inflammation-induced snoring in men. 

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