Causes

Find out what is causing your snoring

Sleeping Position and Snoring


Your sleeping position can greatly influence your snoring. Sleeping on your back makes you more likely to snore or experience sleep apnea. Side sleeping is one of the most basic and effective ways to reduce snoring When sleeping on your back, the effect of gravity on your face, head and neck starts to compress your airway. This is particularly poignant if you are overweight. Science has gone as…

Snoring: How Does It Happen?


Roughly 40% of men and 20% of women snore - that’s over 2 billion inhabitants of planet Earth. A snore is the sound of soft tissue in your upper airway vibrating due to interrupted airflow. Snoring is the result of a relaxed airway being obstructed, made possible by some design flaws in the anatomy of the human throat. But what is a snore?

A Guide to Hay Fever and Snoring


Given that up to 30% of us suffer from hay fever, it is possible that this seasonal pollen allergy could be playing a major role in your snoring. If it’s warm outside and your nose is blocked, follow our guide to see if hay fever is making your snoring worse, and try our ten tips to breathe quietly again. Hay fever is simply an allergic reaction to pollen in the air. This is an immune response…

What is Sleep Apnea?


Apnea simply means “no breathing”. Sleep apnea is a serious condition where your airway repeatedly closes during sleep, depriving you of oxygen until you gasp awake. It is a common misconception that all loud snorers have sleep apnea, but if you think you do, ask yourself or your partner if you have any of the following: loud snoring with periodic silence and choking/gasping, sore throat or…

Overweight and Snoring: A Vicious Circle


Being a snorer and being overweight are interchangeably linked. In other words, obesity can cause snoring and snoring can cause obesity. Loud snoring is often a stepping stone towards sleep breathing disorders such as sleep apnea, and the link with bodyweight is startling. Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) value more than 30kg/m2, is the most significant risk factor for the development…

Is Your Snoring Caused by a Dust Allergy?


If you struggle to breathe through your nose at night, you may not be surprised to learn that a blocked nose is one of the main causes of snoring. A blocked nose can often be brought on by an allergy, a likely cause of which is dust. Dust gathers in household environments due to flaking skin. The allergy is not due to this dust, but to the dust mites it attracts. Invisible to the naked eye, these…