Snoring is caused by the collapse and obstruction of the upper airways during sleep. This causes vibration of the soft tissues which results in the snore.
Factors contributing to snoring
One of the most important factors in snoring is weight. People who are overweight are much more likely to snore and by reducing their weight the snoring will often reduce. Collar size is an important measure and people with a collar size of 16.5 or above are much more likely to snore.
- Snoring will also be increased by alcohol and smoking.
- As people get older they are more likely to snore.
- Males are more likely to snore than females.
Sleep apnoea is a condition where the airways collapse and breathing ceases for a few seconds at a time. It is most commonly caused by obstruction and is related to snoring. In its severest form it is associated with an increased risk of stroke and heart attacks.