Why People Snore in Westlake Village | Malibu California

Unfortunately, snoring is not a one size fits all problem.  There are many possible factors that can cause a person to snore including weight, the structure or your mouth, allergies, sinuses, a cold and alcohol consumption.

While your sleeping, air flows in and out of your nose and mouth in a steady stream.  As you progress into a deep sleep, the muscles in your throat, soft palate (roof of the mouth) and tongue relax, narrowing your air passage.  As you continue to breathe, the air passing through the smaller air passage causes the tissue in your throat to vibrate.  As the size of the air passage shrinks, tissue vibrations increase which results in louder snoring.


People who are overweight tend to build up extra weight in their throat, which reduces airflow.

Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol relaxes your throat muscles and leaves you more susceptible to snoring in consumed before bedtime.

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that disrupts sleeping patterns causing pauses in breathing.  This occurs when the air passage is obstructed and prevents you from breathing normally.

Structure of Mouth

A common cause of snoring is a long soft palate.   This causes snoring by blocking the opening at the back of the throat.  Poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat result in muscles that are too relaxed.  This also causes obstruction of the air passage and causes snoring.

Obstructed Nasal Passage

Habitual nasal congestion or a deviated nasal septum may contribute to you snoring.

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