WHY DO SOME PEOPLE SNORE?
Picture a river that’s headed to a crevice, says Dr. Richard Horner. As the passage narrows, the water starts to get more turbulent. That’s similar to what happens when we snore, explains Dr. Horner, an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, and Canada Research Chair in Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology. Your airway may be narrow or your airflow is obstructed, and the vibrations when you breathe cause the sound of snoring.
What causes such narrowing? For some people, it’s genetics; they’re just born with a narrower throat. For others, age is a factor; as you get older, you have less muscle tone in your throat. You may not be able to do much about genetics or age, but these solutions can help you take steps to reduce your tendency to snore by addressing other triggers.