Snoring Risk Factors Explained

Snoring Risk Factors Explained

Snoring is more than an occasional annoyance for your sleeping partner. It can point to serious medical issues, such as sleep obstructive sleep apnea or chronic sleep deprivation. Therefore, it’s essential to address snoring with your medical care provider—and maybe even visit your Tucson dentist to discuss custom solutions to stop snoring related to sleep apnea. As you discuss your habitual snoring with your doctor, you may review the following risk factors to determine the exact cause of this nightly disruption.


Men are more likely to have sleep apnea than women, and thus are more likely to snore as a result of this condition.

Alcohol Use

If you drink, your doctor may suggest limiting alcohol intake before bed or abstaining from alcohol consumption altogether. Alcohol can relax the throat muscles and cause you to snore. In individuals with sleep apnea, alcohol can complicate the condition and make snoring much worse.


Being overweight or obese increases the risk for obstructive sleep apnea. That’s because excess weight can restrict the airway. Following a healthy diet and exercise program to lose weight can help to mitigate the symptoms of sleep apnea, including loud, disruptive snoring.

Family and Medical History

Chances are, if someone in your immediate family snores, you may snore as well. Family history is a strong risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea, which is a leading cause of snoring. Additionally, a history of nasal problems such as chronic sinusitis or a deviated septum can increase your risk of snoring. When you do talk to a medical professional about potential causes and risks for your snoring, X-rays may be used to determine any anatomical issues that could be present, such as a naturally narrow airway or deviated septum.

John R. Carson, DDS can help you better understand sleep apnea and nighttime snoring as well partner with your M.D. to offer customized treatment without the use of a CPAP machine. To schedule an appointment in our Tucson dental practice, call us today at 520-514-7203.

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