WHY DO WE SNORE?
The upper respiratory tract conformation causes vibrations of the air going through them and create the snoring sound when relaxing during sleep.
The upper respiratory tract are: the nasal passages, the back nose, the pharynx, the base of the tongue, in short all the soft tissue located between the skill and the rib cage.
At night, due to the body relaxation to sleep, these tissues tend to sag. The muscles do not tighten the respiratory tract anymore and vibrations may occur. It is thus mainly a mechanical problem, which may be worsened by other complications including allergies or reflux.
You know that you are more likely to snore when you have a cold or when you suffer from allergies. There are also aggravating factors such as:
Taking sleeping pills
Snoring is a very widespread problem as over 60% of men and 40% of women are affected. Women tend to suffer more from snoring with the onset of menopause.
SNORING IS ALSO A SOCIAL PROBLEM
Snoring is not only a mechanical problem. It is also a social problem.
You should know that the primary factor of sleep disruption is noise, mainly the noise coming from one’s bed partner.
Sharing a room with a snorer often brings on sleep disruptions in the partner or roommate. These disruptions may have consequences on fatigue, irritability and social interaction.