Snoring may be happening involuntarily but for somebody sharing the bed with the person who is snoring, it can be a harrowing experience altogether. In some instances, it has even lead to the filing of divorce papers by the long suffering spouse.
So, how does snoring happen? In other words, what are the causes of snoring?
Snoring is as a result of the obstruction of air flow - both inhale and exhaust - that happens in the part of air passage, where the back of the throat and tongue meets with the soft palate and uvula. The basic cause of the obstruction is the poorly toned or weakened muscles of throat and tongue, which when in a relaxed state may sway into the airway, blocking the free passage of air during every breath.
The weakening of muscles can happen due to a variety of reasons, a few of which are:
To conclude, snoring may appear to be a non-issue, especially if the spouse of the person concerned is very adjusting and cooperative. Of course, one must be prudent enough to realize that snoring is not that simple a problem, and it can possibly lead to other complications such as heart attacks and strokes if left untreated. Hence, on a safer side, consider undergoing a medical checkup if anyone of you is having the habit of snoring in slumber. After all, we all believe that health is wealth, don't we?