• being elderly - muscle tone reduces as you get older, which raises the risk of snoring

  • having low levels of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism)

  • being in the menopause is linked with snoring

Lifestyle factors

There are certain lifestyle factors that make you more likely to snore.

  • If you're overweight you're more likely to snore. This is thought to be due to the excess fat around your neck. This makes your airways more likely to collapse.

  • Alcohol causes your muscles to relax more than usual during a normal night's sleep so you are more likely to snore. It also irritates the nasal lining which can make breathing more difficult.

  • Sedatives, like alcohol, make your body's muscles relax more than usual, causing you to snore. If you're worried about how a sedative is affecting your sleep, talk to your GP about it. There may be a non-sedative alternative. Don't stop taking prescribed medicines without talking to your doctor.

  • Smoking cigarettes causes swelling, inflamation and irritation to your nostrils and throat, making snoring more likely. Even passive smoking can make snoring worse.

  • If you suffer from allergies you are likely to have a blocked, itchy and runny nose. The lining of the nose and throat may also be swollen. This may interfere with sleep and make snoring more likely.


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