Snoring is caused by vibrations of the floppy tissues in the throat as air passes through when breathing during sleep. It is similar to the sound caused by the flapping of a flag in windy conditions.

 

Overview

What causes snoring?

Snoring is caused by vibrations of the floppy tissues in the throat as air passes through when breathing during sleep. It is similar to the sound caused by the flapping of a flag in windy conditions. Typically, the vibrating structure is the soft palate, which can be seen dangling at the back of the throat, but there may be other contributing factors making a comprehensive assessment of snoring more complex than simply looking at the soft palate. Snoring can also be a symptom of Sleep Apnoea.

Consequences of Snoring

Talking about snoring often leads to jokes and ridicule and can be a source of embarrassment, but this is no laughing matter. Snoring without Sleep Apnoea leads to poor quality sleep for the partners and this can affect concentration, cause fatigue and irritability. All these factors contribute to a poorer quality of life. There is also some research now emerging that snoring may also affect the snorer themselves with poor quality sleep causing sleepiness and some health risks, although this evidence is not as clear cut as the effects of Sleep Apnoea.

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