4 factors that contribute to snoring (and simple steps for a good night's sleep)

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Ever wondered what causes snoring?

Ever wondered what causes snoring? Do you toss and turn in frustration because of your partner's constant wheezing and gasping? Maybe you're worried that a loved one's excessive snoring might be a severe condition?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, this is a common condition—about 37 million Americans are frequent snorers.

Even though snoring may keep you up at night, it's usually not a cause for concern. However, there are many factors that contribute to this annoying sound.

Here are a few factors that contribute to snoring and what you can do to fix them.

Weight. No one likes to talk about their waistline, but it is something to remember when trying to cut down on snoring. According to the National Sleep Foundation, "Being overweight leads to poor muscle tone and increases the tissue around the neck and throat." With regular physical activity and a balanced diet, these muscles will become stronger and snoring may begin to decrease.

Alcohol use. Having a little too much to drink before bedtime can bring on snoring. Alcohol relaxes the throat muscles, therefore lowering defense against airway obstruction. If you are planning on drinking, consider having your glass of wine a few hours before bed or avoid consuming alcohol altogether.

Sleeping styles. Everyone has their preferred way of drifting off to dreamland, but these sleep patterns can cause snoring too. The Mayo Clinic states that sleeping on your back narrows the airways, causing snoring. An easy fix is to change your sleep style. Sleeping on your side or on your stomach may reduce the likelihood of snoring.

Sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing or gasp for air in the middle if the night. Loud snoring, feeling tired after a full night's sleep, and gasping for air are some of the main symptoms. Doctors can conduct sleep tests to determine how severe the apnea is. If left untreated, sleep apnea can take a toll on the heart, lungs, and leave patients feeling tired with no desire to exercise. Treatment usually consists of sleeping with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or an oral appliance to keep your airway passages open.

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"Snoring is annoying," says Dr. Wright, ENT at Wright Sinus Choice. Understanding why you snore is the first step to a restful night's sleep.

If you think your snoring might be caused by a serious issue or if you show signs of sleep apnea, contact Dr. Turner Wright at Wright Sinus Choice by calling 956-998-6673 or visiting www.wrightsinuschoice.com.

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