Irritants in the Air
One contributing factor in snoring is inflammation of your tissues. When your tissues swell, they can narrow your airway. This restricts the flow of air, leading to a turbulent airflow. This can occur anywhere in the airway, from the nose to the throat.
There are many potential irritants that can contribute to snoring. Some of the more common irritants include:
- Tobacco or marijuana smoke
If you have started smoking or have taken up with a smoker, the resulting irritation could be contributing to snoring. You might also experience an increase in snoring if you have been smoking more recently.
Allergens also trigger swelling that can make snoring more likely. This might include seasonal allergies like pollen. If you notice snoring seems to come and go with the seasons, consider whether you might have a relevant allergy. Pet dander can also contribute to snoring, so if you’ve added a new pet or are letting your pet sleep in your bed now, consider whether it might be causing your snoring.
Chemicals can also affect your airway. If you’ve done something to introduce more chemicals to the air recently, it might be why you’re snoring. Common chemical sources to look for include:
- New furniture
- Car exhaust
If you suspect that these might be causing your snoring, consider trying different products that might not emit as many chemicals.
People snore more when they live near a busy street. Denver traffic is worse than ever, and if you’ve recently moved close to a major thoroughfare, you might be snoring as a result.