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What Snoring Is and What Causes It

Snoring can be a tricky subject. Believe me, I know. It seems so simple, but like most things that appear simple, the harder you look the more there is to see.

To help you get as much from the information on this site as possible, you need to know what snoring is and why it happens. Just like a doctor before surgery, you should know what’s waiting for you before you just dive right in.

What Snoring Is and Is Not

snoring-causes-280Snoring is not just a sound some people make when they sleep. If that were the case it would be nothing more than an inconvenience. However, what snoring really is, is a health risk.

Before I give you all the health details, I do want to mention one thing. When someone is snoring, whether it’s me, you, or your great aunt Sue, it is not a sign of high quality sleep. If you are snoring it is keeping you from getting high quality sleep!

Now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you more about what snoring is and is not.

Yes, snoring is a health risk, but why?

For starters, it increases your risk for cardiovascular issues such as having a stroke by beating up the arteries in your head and neck. Snoring contributes to the hardening of these blood vessels, and the stiffer your arteries are the more likely they are to clog and pop.

Snoring also decreases the quality of your sleep and your overall quality of life. Over an extended period of time, snoring can lead to sleep deprivation.

Do you know how many car crashes were caused by sleep deprivation in the United States alone last year?

The exact number is unavailable at the time of this writing, but on average there are around 1,000,000 car crashes caused by sleep deprivation every single year. Snoring contributes to this.

Are there other risks that snoring contributes to? There certainly are including but not limited to obesity, hearing loss, mood disorders, and even brain damage.

Snoring is a little more dangerous than it appears, isn’t it?

How and Why

How does snoring happen and what actually causes it?

I get both of these questions a lot. As for why it happens, the short answer is airway constriction. This leads to the how behind snoring.

Snoring cannot occur without airway constriction in some form or another. Your airway can get smaller or become constricted from a surprising number of things. The list here includes sedatives, extra body weight, smoking, alcohol, loose muscle tone, physical differences, and even your sleeping position.

Any of the factors just mentioned can cause airway constriction. Okay so there’s a little extra air pressure, now what?

Well, what happens now is that extra air pressure causes structures in your mouth to vibrate, mainly your soft palate which is part of the roof of your mouth near your throat. This combination of air pressure and vibration makes the snoring sound that we all know so well.

Other Effects

In addition to real physical risks like stroke and sleep deprivation, snoring can contribute to several conditions that aren’t dangerous, but they definitely aren’t fun.

Do you have less intimate time with your partner than you used to? Snoring may be to blame.

Do you find yourself having more arguments with your partner than you used to? Snoring may be the culprit here as well.

It has been shown in studies than in couples where one partner snores, both partners are more likely to fight, start arguments, and be generally irritable.


Snoring can have a serious negative impact on your life, but now that you understand how it all works you’ve taken an enormous step towards finding the solution that’s right for you.

Maybe you even learned about a new symptom or two that you didn’t even realize were caused by snoring. Whatever the case may be, all the information you could possibly need is here on the site for you.

There are solutions available for each and every cause out there, all you have to do is find it so start looking here.

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