Condition and Symptoms
Snoring is very common and usually is not caused by anything serious. Snoring is caused by structures such as your tongue, mouth, throat or airways in your nose vibrating as you breathe. It happens because these parts of your body relax and narrow when you are asleep.
You are more likely to snore if you:
drink too much alcohol
sleep on your back
Sometimes it is caused by a condition like sleep apnoea, when your airways become temporarily blocked as you sleep.
Mrs Bentley may suggest simple lifestyle changes which can help stop or reduce snoring.
Try to lose weight if you are overweight
Sleep on your side
Consider asking your partner to use ear plugs if your snoring affects their sleep
Do not smoke
Do not drink too much alcohol
Do not take sleeping pills – these can sometimes cause snoring
Mrs Bentley recommends a consultation if:
Lifestyle changes are not helping
Your snoring is having a big impact on your or your partner's life
You feel sleepy during the day, or make gasping or choking noises while you sleep – you may have sleep apnoea, which can be serious if not treated.