How is Snoring Caused?
Snoring is caused by vibrations in the upper airways from the nose to the back of the throat. It is caused by partially obstructed breathing during sleep.
What makes snoring worse?
- Old Age
- Sleeping on your back
- Excess alcohol
- Neck problems
- Various drugs especially sedatives and sleeping pills
- Hayfever and other causes of congestion
- Problems in the upper airways such as polyps, enlarged tonsils, a foreign body
What are the risks?
Snoring is generally harmless unless it is associated with periods of no breathing (usually 10 seconds) then it is advisable to have it assessed.