Snoring is causedby the vibration of thesoft tissue in your head and neck as you breathe in.
It can affect the:
While you're asleep, the airways in your head and neck relax and narrow. It's thought that the narrowing of the airways increases the speed you breathe out and changes air pressure in your airways. This causes the soft tissue to vibrate by sucking the sides of the airways in.
The same effect can also be the result of partially blocked airways, whichmay be caused by conditions such as enlarged tonsils and Cold .
Evidencesuggests that snoringwill get worse over time if left untreated. The vibrations that occur during snoring appear to damageblood vessels that supply muscles in the head and neck. Over many years, this causes the muscles to weaken.
If your head and neckmuscles are weakened, it will affect their ability to keep your airways open, making you more likely to snore frequently and loudly.
Some things that can increase your risk of habitual snoring include:
People with severe snoring may have obstructive sleep apnoea , a condition where the airways become temporarily blocked during sleep.
Snoring occurs when a person makes a snorting or rattling noise when they breathe during sleep.
Snoring is when you make a noticeable sound when you breathe in during sleep.
Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft tissue in your head and neck as you breathe in.
It is sometimes possible to treat snoring with lifestyle changes, but further treatment is also available if these don't help.
Stephanie Chewter says her snoring is so loud she wakes up herself, her partner and their two children. She knows if she loses weight it will help.
Terry Gasking was diagnosed with sleep apnoea after a couple of terrifying incidents during which he feel asleep at the wheel. He tells us how he got through