Nasal congestion or allergies: Allergies or nasal congestion can lead to inflammation and narrowing of the nasal passages, which restrict the airflow through the nose, making you more susceptible to snoring.
Obesity or excess body weight: Excess weight often comes with accumulations of excess fat tissue in the neck and throat, which can put pressure on the airways, narrowing them and restricting airflow, making you more prone to snoring.
Enlarged tonsils or adenoids: When your tonsils or adenoids are enlarged, they can block the airflow in the throat, causing snoring.
Alcohol consumption: Alcohol is considered a muscle relaxant. It relaxes your throat muscles causing airway obstruction and snoring.
Smoking: Smoking can irritate your throat and may also inflame your throat tissues. This can increase the swelling in your throat, creating airway obstruction that ultimately leads to snoring.
Sleeping on one’s back: When you are sleeping on your back, gravity can cause the tongue and throat tissues to relax, narrowing the airway and restricting the airflow. This can cause snoring.
Age-related changes in the throat: Ageing can diminish the muscles in your throat, making them weaker and increasing the tendency for the soft tissues to relax. Relaxed throat tissues can obstruct the airway when you are sleeping and cause snoring.
Narrow Jaw Structure: A narrow jaw can reduce tongue space, causing the tongue to fall back and obstruct the airway during sleep. This can lead to snoring and other sleep-related breathing problems.
Tongue Tie: In people with Tongue Tie, the band of tissue connecting the tongue to the bottom is shorter. This tissue is known as lingual frenum and can restrict the movement of your tongue, causing it to fall backwards when you are sleeping, leading to snoring.
Deviated Nasal Septum (DNS): A septum is the all of cartilage and bone that separates the two sides of your nasal cavity. A deviated septum is a condition in which the wall is not centred but deviated to one side.When a person with DNS, breathes in, it causes vibration of the soft tissues resulting in snoring.
Enlarged Turbinates: Nasal turbinates are bony structures inside the nasal cavity that humidifies and filters the air that we breathe in. When these turbinates are enlarged or inflamed, it can cause nasal congestion and difficulty in nasal breathing, leading to snoring.
Nasal Polyp: Nasal Polyps are non-cancerous soft and painless growth in the lining of the nasal passages or sinuses. These can make it difficult for a person to breathe through their nose, making it necessary for them to resort to mouth breathing when they are asleep. This contributes to snoring.