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According to the Mayo Clinic, up to half of adults snore at times.  This differs from someone who has SDB or formations of the mouth.  The Mayo Clinic states, “Snoring occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe, which creates those irritating sounds.”  There are a few reasons why one might snore, which are the following:

  1. Sleep-Disordered Breathing,
  2. Narrow/Loose Passageways, and
  3. Certain Formations of the Mouth.

SDB is present in about 5 to 10% of the populous.  Snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea, for example.  However, not all who snore have sleep apnea.  Snoring is a common symptom that more men have than women.  It usually does not bother the snorer himself, but it usually brings him to the doctor when his sleeping partner requests it.  Snoring can be pesky and annoying to a sleeping partner.  Sometimes, this leads to someone getting diagnosed with Sleep-Disordered Breathing (SDB), while other times it leads to a doctor simply having him use a piece of nose tape to open up his passageways more.

Narrow or loose passageways can cause snoring, as well.  This is a common cause of snoring, as it is what causes the snoring itself to happen, and it is not a result of a disease or disorder.  This can be frustrating for sleeping partners, so minor surgeries can assist in this matter.

The way one’s mouth is formed can also have a major impact on how one breathes.  The Mayo Clinic states,

“Having a low, thick soft palate can narrow your airway. People who are overweight may have extra tissues in the back of their throats that may narrow their airways. Likewise, if the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula) is elongated, airflow can be obstructed and vibration increased.”

If you have swollen adenoids or tonsils and/or your tongue is swollen, passageways can be obstructed, as well.

Snoring can happen for numerous reasons.  One can have SDB, narrow/loose passageways, or certain formations of the mouth that are not conducive to smooth breathing.