What causes Snoring?
What causes snoring – and how to stop it
Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft tissue in your head and neck as you inhale during sleep.
It can be a strong sign that you might be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, so find out below whether you should take a sleep study to confirm this diagnosis!
One of the most common obstructive sleep apnoea symptoms is snoring, so if you, your dad or your partner snore, then you should read on to find out if you are at risk of OSA.
What causes snoring?
During sleep, the airways in your head and neck relax and narrow. The narrowing of your airways is believed to increase the speed you breathe out and changes the pressure of air in your airways. This causes the soft tissue to vibrate by sucking the sides of the airway in.
Snoring can be described as a loud or harsh unpleasant sound which can negatively affect you and your partners quality of life if left untreated.
Will snoring go without treatment, or will it get worse?
It is believed that snoring can actually worsen over a period of time if left untreated. The vibrations that occur during snoring cause damage to blood vessels that supply muscles in the head and neck. Over time, the muscles will be weakened which means that the ability to keep your airways open will be more difficult. This means that you are more likely to snore loudly and frequently throughout the night.
If you suffer from loud, chronic snoring, then you could be at risk of OSA so it is therefore very advisable that you take a sleep study to confirm your condition. If the sleep study confirms that you have OSA, then you will usually be advised to use CPAP therapy or try out a mandibular advancement to treat your condition.