Some of us don't realise we do it. Others of us are painfully aware (thanks to our partners' constant, irritated reminders). But for 45 per cent of the adult population, snoring is a fact of life.
As well as disturbing the people we share a bed with, snoring can also effect our own health, leading to a poor night's sleep, being less productive and changing the way we interact with other people, in some cases.
But snoring isn't something we have to simply put up with. By figuring out what type of snorer you are, you could help put your finger on the right treatment to keep the snores away and enjoy a quiet, full night of sleep once more.
What's causing my snoring?
- Your nose: If you've got a blocked nasal passage (the tubes through your nose) or collapsed nostrils, it's likely you'll have to breathe through your mouth, which can cause snoring.
A quick way to test if this is you is to look in the mirror, press the side of one nostril to close it. Then with your mouth closed, breathe in through the other nostril. If the other nostril collapses, you are most likely suffering from a nuisance nose. The same applies if you can't breathe easily with your mouth closed.
- Your mouth: Open your mouth and make a snoring noise. If you can make the same noise with your mouth closed, then you're a mouth breather and this could be causing your snores.
- Your tongue: If your tongue drops to the back of your mouth when you sleep, this can obstruct your airway and make you snore. To check this out, make a snoring noise, then stick your tongue out as far as it will go and grip it between your teeth. If your snoring noise isn't as loud, then the cause is a troublesome tongue.
- Palatal fluttering: This means that your snoring is causedby the vibration of your soft palate and uvula (elements of your mouth). If none of the tests above work, then it is likely you're a palatal flutterer (what a mouthful!)
Alternatively, your snoring can be caused by a mixture of these things.
What's the solution?
There are lots of different solutions, depending on the type of snorer you are. Check out the infographic for how to solve the snores for you.
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