Why Do People Snore?

If you are one of the unlucky people whose beloved one snores, then it might be bad enough to affect your sleep, their health and your relationship! But should they be taking this snoring affliction seriously? As well as your pleas for peaceful sleep? They might think it's funny or that you should stop whining, but it could be a sign of something more serious. 

Let’s look at the top causes of snoring and the benefits of a snore mouth guard in the UK and worldwide.

What Puts The Snore In Snoring?

While snoring can sound like someone has swallowed a chainsaw, it only happens when a person is asleep, which puzzles most people. This mysterious physical change occurs because when we are sleeping, our muscles fully relax. This is the same for the muscles in your throat, and they “expand” into the throat canal. You, therefore, have to get your regular amount of air in and out of your lungs, but now it is through a constricted channel. 

The air is then forced through the smaller channel over the relaxed tongue, causing vibrations and increasing air friction, and hence a snore is born. 

Causes Of Snoring


The type and degree of snoring can be affected by each person’s physiology, e.g. the shape and size of your mouth, tongue and throat or the structure of your sinuses. The soft palate (back of the throat) can be lower or have a thicker surrounding structure, thus narrowing your airway. If you have an extended uvula, the dangly flesh at the back of your mouth, this can exacerbate airflow restriction.


Respiratory illnesses can also bring on snoring or sensitivities like hayfever.


The consumption of alcohol causes even more relaxation of your tongue and throat muscles. This may be the cause of a further reduction of your throat canal, increasing air pressure and the related vibration.

Weight And Sleep Position

Being overweight places additional fat around your neck, and when your neck muscles are under full relaxation, the fat adds additional pressure, resulting in the throat collapsing slightly more. Lying on your back too exacerbates the problem, as there is less structural support at the front of the throat. 


Obstructive sleep apnea can include intermittent stopping in breathing, poor sleep quality, chest pain, night choking, fatigue, headaches or sluggish memory. This is bad for many aspects of your health, so talk to your GP ASAP.

Solve the snoring and start quality sleep patterns by ordering a snore mouth guard deliverable to the UK and worldwide, or contact us to answer your questions.