What increases my risk for snoring?

Risk factors for snoring include:
  • being overweight
  • being male
  • being over age 50
  • being in the third trimester of pregnancy
  • a family history of snoring
  • sleeping on your back
  • drinking alcohol
  • taking certain medicines that are central nervous system depressants, such as sleeping pills
  • poor muscle tone
  • nasal obstruction due to a cold, allergies or a sinus infection
  • nasal polyps or deformed nasal structures
  • swelling in the roof of the mouth, tonsils or adenoids
Often, you can reduce these risk factors by taking a few simple steps. Change your sleep position to side sleeping. Lose weight if you need to, and don't drink alcohol before going to bed. Taking medicine for colds, allergies or a sinus infection may also reduce your risk for snoring. However, if the medicine causes drowsiness, it may act like a sleeping pill and increase the risk of snoring; a nondrowsy medicine may be preferable. 

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