What Causes Snoring?

 What Causes Snoring?

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring is a common issue which affects 30% of people aged 30 and 40% of people aged 40. The incidence continues to increase with age. It is caused by the vibration of the tissues of the upper airway when the muscles relax during sleep. What this means is that when you fall asleep the muscles of your body relax, including those in your throat. This means that your airways don't stay open as well and partially close up, resulting in the rasping noise we all know as snoring.

People with obstructive sleep apnoea are at particular risk of loud snoring. OSA is when the airways close up completely whilst asleep. This leads to the cessation of breathing and chest and abdomen see-sawing. The sufferers oxygen levels drop and their carbon monoxide levels rise, causing them to wake up. Breathing then restarts but the cycle continues and the individual may find themselves being very tired during the day. Risk factors for the condition include obesity, smoking, being a man and diabetes.  Treating the risk factors is the first course of action.  If this doesn't bring the condition under control your doctor may try CPAP.  This stands for Continuous Positive Airways Pressure.  It consists of a tight-fitting face mask which pressurises the air entering the lungs.  This prevents the problem and the snoring. 

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