Many times men, in most cases, have been sent out of bed for trying to bring down the roof with snoring. But I don’t snore, they say.
So many people today find themselves in this situation, it is pretty shocking to find out one day that you’ve been snoring your head off at night. You might even become worried because you never thought you could snore. You might wonder if you should see a doctor? Is there something wrong with your body?
All these questions and more are about to be considered in this article.
How Dangerous Is Snoring?
When done occasionally, snoring isn’t dangerous. It is, however, dangerously impacting the sleep quality of those around you.
Snoring is caused when the tongue doesn’t have enough room in the back of the throat, specifically in people who are obese, sleep on their back. There are chemicals in the brain whose job is to trigger breathing, and these can fail in some people who snore, causing oxygen levels to drop dramatically causing cortisone, adrenaline, and other hormones to surge.
Snoring in itself isn’t dangerous; what is dangerous is what it might be an indicator of. Snoring can be a symptom of diseases like Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), a stepping stone for other severe conditions. These conditions are stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, hypertension, and heart attack.
So if you snore regularly, bear in mind that Sleep Apnea might be a big reason. 1
Can You Inherit Snore With Your Mouth Open?
No, you can’t. Whether your mouth is closed or open when sleeping next to someone who snores, you cannot inherit it.
Although you can inherit the underlying causes for snoring due to genetics, an example of these causes is obesity. Even Obstructive Sleep Apnea may possess a genetic component that, when paired with other non-genetic factors, can cause snoring. Studies showed that having a family member with sleep apnea puts you at a higher risk of having the disorder.
Research has shown that children who have at least one parent who snores are three times more likely to snore than children of silent sleepers. 2
What Does It Mean If You Suddenly Start Snoring?
Sudden snoring can mean or be due to a number of things – obstructed windpipe, weight gain, alcohol, change in exercise routine, aging, jaw issues, oral problems, wisdom teeth.
If you recently started consuming more alcohol and noticed you just started snoring more often, that may be why. This is because alcohol can cause your throat muscles to constrict, causing your airflow to be reduced, which causes snoring. Limiting your alcohol or completely stopping it can help prevent or drastically reduce your snoring.
Did you know that women who are past menopause are just as likely as men to snore? Well, now you know. No study has shown us why hormonal changes cause snoring in women, but hormone therapy has been said to help reduce snoring.
Change In Exercise Routine
If you recently started slacking in your exercise routine, you can lose muscle in your neck and throat area. This can lead to collapsed airways during sleep, thereby making you snore.
Did you recently start adding more weight? Did you also notice that you snore a lot now? When you gain weight, muscle is added to your neck and throat areas which can cause your airways to collapse while sleeping. To stop snoring, you would have to lose weight.
Weak Throat Tissue
If your throat tissues are weak, your airways are very likely to collapse when you are sleeping, which will cause you to snore.
Sleeping On Your Back
Bad sleeping posture could be the reason you just started snoring. If you sleep on your back, your oral will fall back and block your throat, which causes you to snore.
Snoring when you fall sick or just catch a cold is common because your nose could be blocked. This will make it hard for you to breathe, which in turn brings the snoring out.
If you just started taking sleeping pills around the time your snoring started, that’s probably why. Sleeping pills can cause throat muscles to relax more than usual and mean the tissues will obstruct the airways, causing you to snore.
Smoking can cause inflammation in the upper airway, making snoring more prevalent when sleeping. If you started snoring when you started smoking, simply quitting smoking can help relieve snoring symptoms. Sadly this doesn’t provide immediate relief it could take before the snoring stops completely.
Other things that can cause sudden snoring are depression, reflux, and lack of sleep.
Why Am I Snoring So Loud Lately?
You are snoring loudly because your airway is more narrowed, making your airflow forceful. Your tissue vibration increases, then your snoring becomes louder. There are specific reasons why this happens, let’s consider a few;
As you grow older, your throat muscles become soft and lose elasticity, causing you to snore louder and longer. This is why older people snore louder than younger people.
If you consume a lot of alcohol, eat a lot of food before bed, smoke, take a lot of junk food. These things cause relaxes the throat muscles and decreases your natural defenses against airway obstruction.
How To Know If You Are Snoring?
Here are some signs you can look out for that will tell if you snore:
- Waking up with sore throat
- Gasping and choking while sleeping
- Drowsiness during the day
- Restlessness while sleeping
- Chest pain at nighttime
- Inability to concentrate during daytime
- You could ask your sleep partner if you snore
- Irritation and headaches in the morning
- You can record yourself while sleeping and listen to it the next day.
- There are apps you can download that are made for taking sleep analytics.
Why Did I Just Start Snoring?
If you just started snoring, this could be due to;
You may have recently started:
- drinking more alcohol
- eating late
- Exercising less
- Gaining weight
- Taking drugs or medication that relaxes the airways like anti-depressants and sleeping pills
- Injury or Sickness
- If you recently got into an accident that resulted in a jaw misalignment or caught a cold. This could be why you just started snoring.
- Bad Sleeping posture
- If you sleep in an awkward or weird position, this could put pressure on your airways.
- Can You Catch Yourself Snoring?
- It is possible but very uncommon to hear yourself, but there’s a slight chance you would wake up, and if you do, you’d be returning to sleep almost immediately. This is called a microarousal, and research shows that one can have 20 to 25 of them per hour without remembering in the morning.
- You can wake up at several intervals while sleeping and snoring to catch your breath, not catch yourself. If you have Sleep Apnea, this can frequently occur as people suffering from the disorder find breathing somehow difficult while sleeping.
- So just the same way you can’t catch yourself sleeping, you can’t catch yourself snoring. This is why you are advised to check for signs and symptoms or to see a doctor if you suspect that you are snoring.
How Do I Stop Snoring ASAP?
To get rid of snoring quickly, you may have to opt for surgeries as home remedies might take a while. Here is a list of surgical procedures you could try to put an end to your snoring:
This surgical procedure done under local anesthesia involves removing the soft tissues in the back and top of the throat. This includes the uvula, throat walls, and palate.
This makes breathing easier by keeping the airway more open. While rare, this surgery can cause long-term side effects like problems swallowing, voice changes, or the permanent feeling of something in your throat.
Maxillomandibular advancement (MMA)
This is an extensive surgical procedure that moves the upper and lower jaws forward to open your airway. The extra openness of the airways can reduce the chance of obstruction and make snoring less likely to occur.
Hypoglossal nerve stimulation
This procedure involves stimulating the nerve that controls the muscles in the upper airway to keep airways open and reduce snoring. A surgically implanted device can stimulate this nerve, which is called the hypoglossal nerve. It’s activated during sleep and can sense when the person wearing it is not breathing normally.
Midline glossectomy and lingualplasty surgery
Is used to reduce the size of the tongue and increase the size of your airway. One standard midline glossectomy procedure involves removing parts of the middle and back of the tongue. Sometimes, a surgeon will also trim the tonsils and partially remove the epiglottis.
Somnoplasty is a unique surgical method for reducing habitual snoring by removing or stiffening tissues of the uvula and soft palate by using very low levels of radiofrequency heat energy to create finely controlled localized burn-areas beneath the lining (mucosa) of the soft tissues of the soft palate. 3
How Do I Stop Snoring Permanently Home Remedies?
There are simple home remedies and lifestyle changes you can make to stop snoring. Let’s look at some of them;
- Good Sleeping Posture
If sleeping in a bad posture can get you snoring, sleeping in a better one can help stop the snoring. It is advised that you sleep on your side, preventing your throat from being blocked and interrupting your airflow.
- Sleep More
Insufficient sleep increases your risk of snoring because it can cause your throat muscles to relax, making you more susceptible to airway obstruction. Snoring could increase your risk of sleep deprivation since it causes your sleep to be constantly interrupted. This is why you must try to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep for adults.
- Make Use Of Nasal Strips
Placing nasal strips at the bridge of your nose and slightly raising your nostrils to facilitate air passing could help reduce snoring.
You could internal nasal dilators; these ones are fixed inside the nose. Or You could try an external nasal dilator, which is a stiffened adhesive strip that’s placed on top of the nose across. They can decrease airflow resistance, making it easier to breathe and putting an end to your snoring.
- Do Not Take Alcohol Before Bed
You could also limit your alcohol intake if you can’t stop completely drinking. Avoid alcohol 3 hours before bedtime. A study showed that alcohol intake does reduce the amount of sleep one is supposed to get.
- Keep Your Weight In Check
When you are overweight, excess tissue in the throat and mouth area will restrict your airflow. This is why it is crucial that you lose weight to eliminate all that unnecessary tissue.
- Keep Your Head Elevated
When sleeping or about to sleep, ensure that your head is raised. You could use a pillow or bed risers; these help keep your airway open enough to prevent snoring.
Citations Used In This Article
- How Chronic Snoring Can Cause Heart Disease (HealthBlog)
- Snoring May Run In Families (WebMd)
- Surgery For Nothing(Healthline)