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Why do people snore? – ‘The Why’

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.

Everywhere you look the media is pushing you telling you who to follow, what to watch and when to watch it.   You’re even sometimes told how to do it all.  Truth is, here at American Live Wire we do a bit of that too.  The big difference is we also tell you why.

You ask the questions.  We provide the answers.

“Why do people snore?”

“Why do people snore?” you ask?

Your ALW reporter has been told he snores by more than one lovely lady and yet he stayed up all night recently and didn’t snore once.  But seriously, folks, unlike some of the questions we receive here at ALW, this one has a pretty simple answer.   Whether on consults Medicine.net, Scientific American or even a back issue of Woman’s Day from grandma’s toilet side magazine rack, the answer is essentially the same.

But first let’s make sure we’re all on the same page and review.  According to TheFreeDictionary.com snoring is “to breathe during sleep with harsh, snorting noises caused by vibration of the soft palate.”

why do people snore

Why do people snore?

Studies on this subject, such as the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study, have shown that snoring is pretty common.  In fact, research shows that 44 percent of adult male participant and 28 percent of adult female participants snore.   20 percent of children also snore.

The study lists factors linked to potential snoring as alcohol consumption, allergies, nasal obstruction, smoking cigarettes, weight gain and the use of sedatives or muscle relaxants.  Okay, but if people don’t drink, smoke, do drugs, don’t have allergies or are not heavy then why do people snore?

Lynn A. D’Andrea, a sleep specialist at the University of Michigan Medical School once reported in SA that “snoring is . . .a symptom. Just as a cough can be a symptom of pneumonia, snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.”

So why do people snore?  People snore because they probably have some type of obstructive sleep apnea.

Wait!  What is obstructive sleep apnea?  We’ve got that covered, too.

According to D’Andrea “obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by snoring, labored breathing and repetitive obstructed pauses or gasps in a person’s breathing during sleep.”

The above-mentioned study also indicates that the link between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea increases with age, especially once one hits 65.   (Have no fear; you won’t necessarily become this noisy, snoring senior once you hit your golden years.  There are solutions and cures but that is perhaps best saved for another time.)

“Why do people snore?”   Barring being overweight or immediately allergic or engaging in any of the risk factors—drinking, smoking, doing drugs —people snore because they are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

“Why do people snore?”  Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.

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