Is snoring waking you up at night?
Whether you’re the snorer or the reluctant audience of someone else’s nightly noise-making, these interruptions are likely taking a toll on the quality of your sleep.
This guide is designed to help you gain an understanding of why people snore, and what you can do to prevent it.
What Is Snoring?
Most of us are familiar with what snoring sounds like: that hoarse, droning sound made while someone is sleeping which is often likened to a lawnmower or buzzsaw. While as many as half of us are occasional snorers the actual source of these nighttime noises is less widely understood.
All sounds are the result of something vibrating.
So what’s vibrating when someone snores? When we are asleep, the tissues at the back of our throat and roof of our mouths relax, and so — given the right circumstances — breathing in can cause them to vibrate and create the array of sounds we so affectionately call snoring.
Absolutely anyone can snore, and most of us will at some point or another. This type of occasional snoring is typically not something you should be concerned with — although your bed partner might have something else to say about that.
If however, you find yourself snoring regularly it can significantly impact the quality of your sleep (and those around you, as they’ll likely inform you.)