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What're the risk factors for snoring?

Snoring occurs when air does not flow smoothly through the air passages, or when the soft tissues or muscles in air passages vibrate. The following are common risk factors for snoring:
  • Sleeping pills, antihistamines, or alcohol at bedtime
  • Nasal congestion from colds or allergies, especially if it lasts a long time
  • Enlarged adenoids and tonsils that block the airway
  • Being overweight, which leads to excessive neck tissue that puts pressure on the airway
  • Last month of pregnancy
  • Alcohol and certain drugs (such as tranquillisers)
  • Age. The throat muscles become weaker as one ages

More information on snoring

What is snoring? - Snoring (partially obstructed breathing during sleep) is noisy breathing through the mouth and nose during sleep.
What causes snoring? - Snoring is the sound made by air passing through irregularities and narrowings in the throat and windpipe.
What're the risk factors for snoring? - Common risk factors for snoring include sleeping pills, antihistamines, or alcohol at bedtime, age, alcohol and certain drugs.
How is snoring diagnosed? - Pulse oximetry is used to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood and the pulse rate.
What treatment is available to stop snoring? - Avoiding alcoholic beverages. Sleeping prone or on one's side. Nasal infections and allergies should be treated.
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