You might ask; how is snoring a bad sign? When you have been snoring for years and you are still fine. Well, being fine while snoring at night is possible because the reason you are snoring every night is due to nothing serious. It is important to know that this situation can’t be true for everyone. Some people experience snoring as a sign of a bigger problem, and when they ignore it, the worst can happen. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at snoring as a bad sign, learn ways to stop snoring, and more.

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Why Does Wine Make Me Snore?

You snore when you take wine that has alcohol. Alcoholic wine works its way through your body as a depressant. All your muscles will begin to feel less tense and more relaxed. If a blockage happens in the nose, mouth, or throat muscles, it causes snoring. Alcoholic wine relaxes the muscles in the nose, mouth, or throat when you drink it. What happens next is, it causes the obstruction of your airway, and as you breathe while sleeping, the air is trying to pass the obstructed airway which produces the snoring sound.

The process that involves air trying to pass through the obstructed airway is mostly known as respiratory resistance. Weight and gravity come into play when you sleep and increase respiratory resistance. All this explained increases respiratory resistance at least four times when you drink alcoholic wine and it increases respiratory resistance at least 8 times when you snore before and also drink. 1

A drunk person experiences louder snoring when they drink a lot of alcoholic wine because the more drinks you have, the greater your muscles and tissues relax.

Here are some tips to reduce snoring after drinking wine.

  • Say goodbye
  • Eat more
  • Good timing

SAY GOODBYE

Stop your alcohol intake, this includes wines that contain alcohol because the alcohol relaxes your muscles and tissues. This is the most effective way to stop snoring and its bad signs after taking wine.

EAT MORE

Try and drink less by eating more than you drink wine.

GOOD TIMING

Avoid drinking alcoholic wine for at least four hours before going to bed. This allows your body to recover to an extent from alcohol.

Is Snoring a Sign of Good Sleep?

It is the other way round; Snoring is a sign of lack of good sleep. It happens when there is resistance to the passage of air because of an obstructed airway.  Snoring is a bad sign for any reason and it involves you taking the right step.

Here are some reasons sleep is important.

  • Increased performance
  • Strengthens the heart
  • Weight maintenance
  • Healthy immune system
  • Improved social skills

INCREASED PERFORMANCE

Is it difficult for you to concentrate today? So, try sleeping. The benefits of good sleep are necessary, and one of the most obvious ways it manifests itself is through improved performance. It improves brain function and awakens decision-making abilities, which aid in performance.

STRENGTHENS THE HEART

Lack of good sleep is one of the things that lead to heart problems. Work on the quality and quantity of sleep, so that you can avoid certain health problems.

WEIGHT MAINTENANCE

Not only does nutrition influence weight, but so does sleep. Sleep deprivation causes a hormonal imbalance in the body, which promotes overeating and weight gain. Also, a lack of sleep can affect your food digestion process. So, when you sleep well, you have better chances of maintaining your weight. 2

HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM

Obtaining a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night can help you maintain your health and immune function because your body needs enough resting. When you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system suffers. You are exposing yourself to infections, which can become a major issue.

IMPROVED SOCIAL SKILLS

Sleep deprivation can have an impact on how you interact with others so you should avoid it. It also affects how you deal with your emotions because you find the smallest things irritating and end up acting out. You must learn to make sleeping a priority so that you can have better control over your emotions and how you interact with others.

Here are some signs to know if you are sleeping well.

  • Mood swings
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Clumsy
  • Lower sex drive

Is Snoring a Sign of Cancer?

No, snoring is not a sign of cancer, but snoring can make you vulnerable and then you get cancer. Snoring and sleep apnea, can all have a significant impact on hormone levels. Certain hormones that get linked to cancer are also associated with sleep, which could explain why snoring and cancer link. Snoring is one of the earliest signs of sleep apnea and sleep apnea can make one vulnerable to cancer because it reduces oxygen levels in the body.

Here are some signs of cancer.

  • Tiredness  
  • Weight loss for no reason
  • Weight gain for no reason
  • Swelling in the body
  • Lump in the breast
  • Pain without cause that takes to stop
  • Consistent cough
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Problem with sight and hearing
  • Fever
  • Numbness and soreness of the mouth
  • Pain during urination
  • Constant constipation

Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any persistent signs or symptoms that concern you. Talk to your doctor if you don’t have any signs of cancer but are considering your risk level. Inquire about the cancer screening tests and procedures that are appropriate for you.

Why Do I Snore Through My Nose?

Nasal snoring does not involve the nose. Nasal snoring occurs in the back of the throat when an interruption in airflow in the nose causes people to breathe through their noses, which is where the problem begins.

Either one of these reasons could be why you snore through your nose.

  • Collapsed or tiny nostrils
  • Nasal blockage
  • Physical obstruction

COLLAPSED OR TINY NOSTRILS

If your nostrils get collapsed or are small, air will not flow freely through your nose when you breathe in. If this nostril collapses and breathing becomes difficult, this could be the source of your snoring.

NASAL BLOCKAGE

Nasal blockage is the partial or complete obstruction of the nasal cavity’s breathing airway. This can be uncomfortable because it forces you to breathe through your mouth, making daily activities like eating and exercising more difficult.

Other signs of nasal blockage include:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Headaches
  • Inability to smell
  • Face pain
  • Difficulty in breathing from one nostril

PHYSICAL OBSTRUCTION

Your snoring could be a result of physical obstruction in your nasal passages, such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps. Usually, these obstructions call for medical attention, and surgery may be what you need to fix it.

Why Do I Snore Through My Mouth?

Snoring with your mouth calls for sleeping with your mouth open, and it is a sign that your tongue is not supporting your airway. The tongue may then reenter the airway, obstructing normal breathing.

Here are some ways you can stop snoring with your mouth open at night

  • Sleep on your left side.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid alcohol before going to bed.
  • Uvulopalatoplasty with Laser Assist.
  • Put on a nasal strip or dilator.
  • Make use of an anti-snoring mouthpiece.
  • Reduce your body weight.
  • Try out some Mouth Exercises.

Below are tongue exercises that will help you avoid sleeping with your mouth open to improving snoring. 3

  1. Place your tongue behind the back of your two front teeth. The location is in front of two rough lines on your palate. Press and hold for 3 minutes with an upward force. Do this twice a day.
  2. Make a ‘tut tut’ noise with your tongue behind your back teeth. Completing 20 repetitions and repeating five times per day.
  3. Move your tongue backward against your palate, starting behind your front teeth. Push against the top of the palate and move your tongue to the back of your mouth. Repeat ten times per day, twice a day.
  4. Place a spoon on top of your mouth, or use a paddle pop stick. Hold for 2 minutes with force and repeat twice a day.

Why Do I Snore Through My CPAP?

Snoring while wearing a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask is not normal, and it is usually a sign that you need a mask or a pressure change.

Here are the main things that cause you to snore through your CPAP.

  • The mask hasn’t been properly changed.
  • Some air leaks are present around the mask.
  • Due to weight gain, air leaks, and incorrect settings, the CPAP air pressure is too low to open the airways.
  • The CPAP-enabled sleep position.

How to Tell if You Have Been Snoring at Sleep?

Here are ways you can tell if you have been snoring.

  • Take note of any symptoms.
  • Inquire with your bed partner about your snoring.
  • Take a recording of yourself sleeping and snoring.
  • Consult a doctor or a sleep specialist.

TAKE NOTE OF SYMPTOMS

Snoring may be the cause of tiredness even after a full night’s sleep. Snoring symptoms include dry mouth, sore throat; difficulty concentrating, waking up, wheezing or feeling choked, and daytime sleepiness. Any of these symptoms could show a serious health problem and should get treated right away. Inform your doctor of all your symptoms, no matter how minor you believe they are.

INQUIRE WITH YOUR BED PARTNER ABOUT YOUR SNORING

Demanding that someone listen to your snoring patterns can help you in determining when you snore, the severity of your snoring problem and whether it seems to be interfering with your sleep. Check with your bed partner to see if your snoring is consistent or intermittent, as well as how loud it is. Gasping or choking sounds are a dead giveaway. Identifying snoring patterns will give you valuable information to share with your doctor. If your bed partner notices your snoring, it could be a sign that something is wrong.

TAKE A RECORDING OF YOURSELF SLEEPING AND SNORING

To record your nighttime activities, use a voice-activated recording device. This will provide you with more information to share with your doctor. Keep an eye out for pauses or wheezing, which can show obstructive sleep apnea. If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can track your sleep activity using a variety of apps, some of which are designed to track snoring.

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR

Consultation with a doctor is the most effective way to determine if you snore. An ENT doctor can help you determine whether you snore and whether your snoring is a symptom of a more serious condition. You might get asked to take part in a sleep study. This will provide your doctor with the detailed information he or she requires to assess the severity of your snoring problem and whether medical attention comes after.

How to Stop a Sleeping Person from Snoring?

The following are ways to stop a person from snoring when they are sleeping.

  • Use a humidifier.
  • Elevate the mattress’s top end.
  • Remove allergens from the sleeping area.
  • Help them with their anti-snoring mouthpiece.
  • Adjust the person to sleep on their side.

What Foods to Eat to Stop Snoring

Below are foods to help stop snoring.

  • Honey
  • Fish
  • Tea
  • Olive oil
  • Peppermint
  • Garlic
  • Onions

Citations Used in this Article

  1. Drinking Alcohol Increases Your Chances Of Snoring (tmjsleepapnea)
  2. The Link Between Obesity and Sleep Deprivation (Sleep Foundation)
  3. How to Stop Snoring & Why We Sleep With An Open Mouth (drstevenlin)

Published by Jennifer Ibrahim

Jennifer is a Healthy Beauty Project lifestyle writer. She has experience writing eBooks, video scripts, and articles on a variety of topics for a variety of companies. She writes understandable articles to help people get back on track when they become overworked.