4 lesser-known causes of snoring


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The most obvious causes of snoring — such as consumption of alcohol and heavy muscle fat around the throat — are known by most snorers. However, there are other causes you may not be aware of that can be responsible for causing and aggravating snoring. Identification and elimination of these factors could help control your snoring, especially when conventional remedies fail.


1. Milk and other dairy products

For people who have a history of snoring problems, milk and dairy products can aggravate the problem in two ways:

  1. More mucus in your body: When you consume dairy products, your body produces more mucus — as simple as that. When you are asleep, this additional mucus flows freely through the body, causing obstructions in your airways, leading to snoring.
  2. Thickening of mucus: Having more mucus in your body is one problem; another is when you have exceptionally thick mucus in the body. Such thick mucus can aggravate snoring problems because of its propensity to block your airways.


2. Third trimester in pregnancy

It’s common for pregnant women, especially in the third trimester, to experience snoring. Because of the gain in body weight, and general congestion experienced by pregnant women, it’s common for snoring to occur. Mouth guards might help, but consult your doctor first. 


3. Seasonal allergies

The word ‘allergies’ does not mean anything in particular, especially when the discussion is in the context of snoring. ‘Seasonal allergies’ is a more relevant term here. And to make things more precise, let’s use the term ‘hay fever.’ Common during the change of seasons, hay fever can cause snoring because it catalyses the production of mucus in the body. Drinks loads of water, and check with your physician to see if an antihistamine is right for you. 


4. Antidepressant Drugs

Though it may sound surprising, such medications as antidepressants, anti-anxiety and pain-killers can also result in snoring. If you are a snorer, and are undergoing treatment for another medical problem, mention your snoring problem to the physician. In most cases, it’s better to go for an anti-snoring device, such as a humidifier (it works by adding some moisture to the dry air of your room), or an anti-snoring mouth-guard (it works by keeping your jaw in a position that deters snoring), rather than overhaul your medication.