For many people, the realization that they’re snorers comes as a shock. Snoring is something other people do, not them, and now their whole self-image is shaken. Not only that, but the realization may come to threaten their relationship, whether it’s a new romance or a long-established marriage.

But what has caused you to start snoring suddenly? Here are a few possible explanations for why your snoring seems to have come out of nowhere.

A woman wide awake while her partner snores loudly

There’s Someone to Listen Now

If you’re in a new relationship and you now have a partner to share your bed but didn’t before, there’s a very simple explanation. You’ve always been snoring, you just didn’t know it. Now that there’s someone there to hear your snoring.

You might wonder why you didn’t hear your snoring. After all, if it’s loud enough to disturb someone else, wouldn’t it be loud enough to disturb you? The truth is that it might always have been waking you up. You just didn’t notice or remember because you would rapidly fall back asleep because your snoring stopped when you awoke. Others don’t have that luxury.

Alcohol, Diet, and Medications

Sometimes people change their habits or patterns in ways that make them more likely to snore. One of the most common reasons why people start snoring is that they change their alcohol drinking habits. They may drink later at night or they may drink more than they used to.

Another common cause of snoring is consuming foods for which you have a slight allergy. This can cause inflammation of the nose and throat, obstructing your airway and causing you to snore.

Finally, if you’ve been prescribed a new medication, it may be causing your snoring. Some medications may cause snoring as a side effect. Talk to your doctor and see if you can adjust your schedule for the medication to potentially avoid snoring.

Weight and Exercise

Our changing health can make us more likely to snore. Although some slender, fit people snore, the causes are usually anatomical and don’t have a sudden onset. On the other hand, a person who gains even a small amount of weight may experience an increase in snoring.

If you used to get regular exercise but haven’t been, this can also make you snore. Muscle tone in the throat is vital to ensuring you maintain an open airway. Even if you’re not actively exercising your throat with singing or playing an instrument, you are helping your overall muscle tone. And when you stop, you may see your snoring increase rapidly.

Age and Hormones

As we get older, we become more likely to snore. This may be related to some of the factors above, such as weight gain or a lack of exercise. But it may also be related to hormonal changes.

Women experience a significantly higher risk of snoring after menopause. The changes in estrogen and other hormone levels cause their menopause risk to increase sharply so that women after menopause have a comparable snoring risk to men.

Want to Resolve Your Snoring?

Now that you’re a snorer, what should you do about it? Fortunately, we offer convenient treatment options to help you. Although home remedies and over-the-counter snoring solutions are unreliable, the snoring treatments we offer are highly effective.

If you are looking to stop snoring as quickly as it started, please call (303) 691-0267 today for an appointment with a Denver sleep dentist at the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado.