We all know what snoring is. Whether this is because we struggle with snoring ourselves or because we’ve slept in the same bed or the same room as someone who likes to blow the nasal horn while they’re sleeping is irrelevant. What’s interesting, however, is that while basically everyone is aware of what snoring is, not everyone knows what causes it.
The thing that actually results in the sound of snoring is when the upper airway vibrates. This usually happens near the back of your throat, which is known as the oropharynx. This happens to both humans and animals.
That said, there are a great number of things that could contribute to vibration in this part of your throat. In fact, there are many different causes of snoring. Most of them are simple and don’t indicate any medical health issue. However, some of the more serious causes of snoring can be an indication that you need some medical help. Today we are going to outline the most common causes of snoring so you can decide whether or not you’re actually in need of medical help.
Cause #1: Relaxed Muscles
When we are sleeping, we generally begin breathing through our nose. However, if we’re not able to get enough air in through the nasal passageways, our mouth will open to allow extra air in. This is generally the first step that leads to someone snoring.
Snoring is much more likely to occur if the muscles in the back of your throat relax. Most of our muscles relax when we go to sleep, including those in the back of the throat, but some people are more sensitive to the relaxing of their muscles. In this case, if the muscles relax so much they can cause a mild obstruction in the respiratory pathway. This isn’t usually dangerous and is among the most common causes of snoring.