4 Different types of snoring and their causes

October 26, 2020 3 mins read
4 Different types of snoring and their causes

You’ll be amazed to know that not all snoring is the same (even though it might sound like it if you’re the one being kept awake) and that because there are different types of snoring, there are also different ways to treat it. So let’s explore the A to Z’s of snoring to get back to bed in peace (and quiet).

4 Types of snoring

All snoring types have one thing in common: the loud vibrating sound you hear is your breath escaping your airways. Sometimes it can sound like a roaring engine and at other times like a soft hiss. Either way, snoring can keep you up at night.

Finding out what causes the different types of snoring will help you find the perfect remedy.

1. Nasal snoring

If it sounds like a grunt or deep rumbling, then this could be nasal snoring. When your nasal pathways are blocked, the air has to escape by wheezing through the space left in the nostrils. A deviated septum, allergies, pets or dust can cause nasal snoring.

2. Mouth snoring

Put simply, and the mouth snorer is a nasal snorer who has no room left to breathe through their nose, so the mouth becomes an outlet. If you’re a mouth snorer the air vibrating between your uvula and palate is to blame for the loud sound.

3. Tongue snoring

When your tongue relaxes, it slips into the back of the mouth, blocking the airways and causing tongue snoring. Alcohol and sleep medication also contribute to this type of snoring. Cutting down on your daily intake of alcohol can help alleviate symptoms.

4. Throat snoring

Throat snoring is considered the most dangerous type of snoring because it’s linked to sleep apnea, a sleep disorder. When the muscles of your throat and tongue relax, this blocks your airways. Snoring happens when you can’t breathe, and sometimes breathing stops. You can gasp or wake up unexpectedly as you try to breathe normally again.

Can snoring be treated?

The good news is that snoring can be treated. Here are a few ideas:

  • If you sleep on your back, try shifting your position so that you can breathe easier.
  • Do you have an allergy that you can’t seem to shake? Visit your GP for a prescription.
  • Take a look at some natural remedies you can try at home.
  • Did you know you can flush out toxins in your nose? This works well if you’re a nose snorer and for the other types of snoring.

If you’ve tried it all but you’re still snoring, there’s a whole range of anti-snoring devices that could offer you relief. And if you’re worried your snoring is a sign of something more serious, speak to your doctor to rule out any underlying causes like a sleep disorder. It’s all about finding the remedy or device that’s comfortable for you so snoring no longer has to rob you of bedtime peace.