Causes of Snoring
There are many factors that cause snoring. As described above, snoring is a result of vibration of muscles in the nose, throat, or mouth. The physiological changes in the nasal passage may be caused by external factors such as allergies, infections, alcohol consumption, sleep position, and weight gain.
Nasal congestion: Blocked nasal passages due to allergies or cold can lead to snoring. Irregularities in the nasal passages are also a factor for snoring. Enlarged tonsils result due to infections. Children with enlarged tonsils are unable to breathe through their nose. They breathe through their mouth resulting in loud snoring during sleep.
Narrowing of air passage: Structural changes in the upper air passages can result in snoring. The air passage is narrow when the roof of the mouth cavity is low. Similarly, when the triangular tissue is elongated from the palate (uvula), it blocks the air passage and individuals begin to snore. If the base of the tongue is large, it can block the air passage and induce snoring due to increased vibrations between the tissues in the nasal passage and the air molecules.
Stages of sleep: Snoring occurs in all stages of sleep but is most common in the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep. The brain signals the muscles to relax in REM sleep and causes narrowing of air passages. Narrowing of air passages results in turbulent airflow causing vibrations in the tissues and results in snoring.
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