What Causes Snoring
Sound is vibration. In snoring, the origin of the vibration is soft tissues in your airway. These tissues may be in your nose, at the back of your mouth, or in your throat. But all of these tissues are set to vibrating by the same thing: your airway is too narrow.
This narrow airway prevents air from flowing smoothly. The turbulence in your airway causes the vibrations, and, therefore, the sounds that disturb everyone around you.
Causes of a narrow airway include:
- Developmental issues
- Weight gain
- Relaxed muscles
Many of these, you can work to change. Throat exercises can improve the tone of your muscles, so that even when they relax they do a better job of holding your airway open. You can lose weight. You can identify foods that cause swelling in your throat, and try to combat congestion as it arises. But you can’t do anything about genetics and development—that’s just become your anatomy.