The cause of snoring is often extra tissue or skin in the nose or throat that is either loose or “floppy” and prone to vibrate and make noise. Age, being overweight, nose and sinus problems, medications, and your natural anatomy can all affect whether you snore or not. Sleeping on your back, taking medications or alcohol before you go to sleep, and weight gain can all affect the amount of snoring.
If there is any nose or sinus blockage, it is one of the few treatable and fixable causes for snoring. Often, this is a hidden cause for snoring. We have numerous patients in our practice who have had nose and sinus problems fixed and hear from the wife or husband afterward, telling us that they are so happy that the snoring is gone. Fixing a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, a blocked nasal valve, or enlarged swell bodies will certainly improve nasal breathing. If the snoring is largely due to nasal obstruction, fixing these parts can stop snoring.