Science

Discover the science behind snoring

Science

Discover the science behind snoring

Mouth Exercises for Snoring


We know that getting some exercise can help us lose weight which is a great way to tackle snoring. Increasingly, we are seeing that exercise to help snoring needn’t involve running, or cycling or swimming, or even breaking a sweat. More people are…

Oropharyngeal Exercises for Snoring – What’s the Evidence?


Using techniques adapted from speech and language therapy, various research groups have employed the use of a set of oropharyngeal exercises which address weaknesses and develop muscular tone in the tongue, soft palate, throat, cheeks and jaw. This…

What is Snoring? – An Introduction


Roughly 40% of men and 20% of women snore - that’s over 2 billion inhabitants of planet Earth. A snore is the sound of soft tissue in your upper airway vibrating due to interrupted airflow. Snoring is the result of a relaxed airway being obstructed,…

Do Men Snore More Than Women?


The short answer to this question is yes. There are sex differences when it comes to snoring. Type snoring into a search engine and click on images. What do you see? Nine of the fifteen pictures on my screen showed men with mouths wide open whilst…

Is Snoring Genetic?


Your DNA can increase the risk of snoring but won’t condemn you to a certain life of nocturnal noises. Genes can influence the shape of your face and your weight, both of which are key players in snoring.

Do Nasal Sprays Work for Snoring?


Snoring is often the result of a blocked or stuffy nose. Unblocking your nose can drastically reduce snoring, and a popular method is to use a nasal spray. Not all nasal sprays are the same, and it’s important to match the appropriate type of nasal…

Lesser-Known Snoring Triggers


Snoring is often the result of a combination of factors. When trying to find your snoring triggers, it’s important to make note of anything that's making your snoring worse. However, there are things that you may not realise play a role in your…

Surgery for Snoring and Sleep Apnea


Surgery is perhaps the most drastic snoring remedy available and has the potential to be very effective for some people. There are a number of surgical interventions to reduce snoring and sleep apnea. In this article, we summarise the different…

Snoring Glossary


Snoring has a lot more terminology than you might think. Cut through the jargon with SnoreLab's glossary of snoring terms.

What is Sleep Apnea?


Apnea simply means “no breathing”. Sleep apnea is a serious condition where your airway repeatedly closes during sleep, depriving you of oxygen until you gasp awake. It is a common misconception that all loud snorers have sleep apnea, but if you…

Sleep Apnea: Screening, Testing and Treatment


Sleep apnea is a serious condition where your airway repeatedly closes during sleep, depriving you of oxygen until you gasp awake. The combined effects of disturbed sleep and repeated bouts of low oxygen cause lots of problems for your physical and…

What Happens in a Sleep Study?


In this guide to sleep studies, we explore what a sleep study does, how to get a sleep study, which type of sleep study is best for you, what to expect at a sleep lab, what to expect with a home study, what your results mean and what happens after…

Do Snore Alarms Work?


We often get asked if we can create a snore alarm to alert our users that they are snoring. But do snore alarms actually work? Are snore alarms an effective solution in the long term? Does behavioural conditioning work for snoring? Does a snore…

Weird Anti-Snoring Ideas of the Past


Type "snoring remedies" into a search engine and you’ll see the usual suspects: mouthpieces, nasal dilators and special pillows amongst a few others. We dug deeper into the history of anti-snoring devices and found some unusual contraptions we…

Snoring Due to a Blocked Nose?


A blocked nose is one of the leading causes of snoring. Unblocking your nose can drastically reduce your snoring, but nasal obstruction has many causes and each have different remedies. Infection, allergies, pollution, drugs and the very shape of…

6 Common Myths About Sleep Apnea


Most snorers don’t have sleep apnea. But most people with sleep apnea snore. There is a positive correlation between snoring intensity and the severity of obstructive sleep apnea; that is, the louder you snore, the more likely you are to suffer from…

Age and Snoring


Why do you snore more as you get older? Do children and young adults snore? Snoring is linked with age but isn't just an old person problem. Increasing numbers of young people and even children find themselves snoring, or even gasping and choking…

Overweight and Snoring: A Vicious Circle


Being a snorer and being overweight are interchangeably linked. In other words, obesity can cause snoring and snoring can cause obesity. Loud snoring is often a stepping stone towards sleep breathing disorders such as sleep apnea, and the link with…

The Architecture of Sleep


If you have ever been suddenly woken up, deep into the night, you’ll know it’s a very disorientating experience. When you wake up naturally, you rouse gently in a less confused state. This is because in these separate instances you have woken up in…

Why Good Sleep is Important


The partner of a chronic snorer loses over an hour of sleep every night. Good sleep can be hard to come by for all parties in a bedroom polluted with snoring, particularly if snoring transitions to sleep apnea. But why does this matter? Sleep can…

Snoring During Pregnancy


It is estimated that as many as 49% of pregnant women snore, many of them having never snored before. This goes against the rule that women naturally snore less than men. In the general population, around 20% of women across all ages snore, with…

Body Clock: Sleep, Light and Melatonin


Have you ever wondered why you feel sleepy at night and awake in the day? This daily fluctuation is your natural body clock working correctly. Our feelings of sleepiness or wakefulness are dictated by light and what it does to our brains. Our eyes…

Are You a Seasonal Snorer?


You may have noticed that your snoring gets worse at a particular time of year. If so, you could be a “seasonal snorer”. Whether it’s a summertime allergy, a winter cold or changes in the weather, there’s plenty of reasons why you may be putting…

Alternative Snoring Remedies: Quirky Cure or Quackery?


If you snore and have ever Googled how to stop snoring, it is likely that you know the standard snoring remedies. Most people are familiar with weight loss, nasal strips, mouthpieces or throat sprays. But what about pineapples? Electric shocks?…

20 Common Questions About Snoring Answered


Snoring is more complicated than you might think. Therefore, many people have questions about their snoring: what it is, why it’s happening, is it anything to be worried about and what can you do to get rid of it. Here, we answer a selection of the…

Snoring and Sleep Apnea in Children


Just like adults, almost all children will snore occasionally. The mechanics of snoring are no different in children. Inhaled air becomes partially obstructed which causes excess soft tissue in the upper airway to flap and make noise. But how do you…

Human Evolution and Snoring


The human throat has too many functions to do any of them perfectly, and instead does everything adequately. This small section of our body needs to be able to breathe, swallow and generate speech, switching between the three processes seamlessly -…

Is It Snoring Or Sleep Apnea?


Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are strongly linked - so how can you tell the difference? It is normal to have a high Snore Score or be told you snore and then worry if it might be something more serious. Primary snoring and obstructive sleep…