It is estimated that between 30 – 40% of the UK population snore and over one third of people who struggle to sleep blame their partners snoring. If you don’t snore you probably know someone who does.
Snoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing when sleeping.
What causes snoring?
Snoring is caused by the relaxation of the uvula and soft palate partially blocking the airway and resulting in irregular airflow and vibrations.
Snoring can also be attributed to one or more of the following:
- Mal-positioned jaw, often cause by tension in the muscles
- Obesity that causes fat to gather in and around the throat
- Obstruction in the nasal passageway
- Large tonsils and adenoids
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
- Relaxants such as alcohol or other drugs relaxing the throat muscles
- Sleeping on one’s back, which may result in the tongue dropping to the back of the mouth
Inadequate quality and interrupted sleep can cause daily fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, headaches, reduced productivity and reduced libido.
If your snoring keeps your partner awake, it can also put a huge strain on your relationship.
Snoring can be associated with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), a condition in which sufferers stop breathing for more than 10 seconds multiple times in an hour. If not treated OSA syndrome may cause heart and lung problems, concentration problems and sexual dysfunction