Last Updated on March 2, 2023 by DAVID
When you are asleep, your brain naturally tunes out many of the external stimuli, including the sounds of your own snoring. This is because your brain is wired to prioritize important information and filter out the unimportant information to help you stay asleep and rested.
Additionally, the way sound waves travel through your body and reach your ears may also play a role in why you can’t hear yourself snore. When you snore, the sound waves mainly travel out of your mouth and nose, and then propagate outward into the environment. The sound waves that travel inward toward your ears may be dampened or muffled by the tissues in your head and neck, making it more difficult for you to hear your own snoring.
However, it is worth noting that some people may be able to hear themselves snore, particularly if they snore loudly or have a specific anatomical structure that amplifies the sound waves. In some cases, hearing your own snoring can actually be a sign of a more serious underlying sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea. If you are concerned about your snoring or any other sleep-related issues, it is best to consult with a healthcare professional.
What to do when someone is snoring and you can’t sleep?
When someone is snoring and it’s keeping you from sleeping, there are several things you can do to help yourself fall asleep:
- Use earplugs or white noise: Earplugs can help block out the sound of snoring. Alternatively, you can try playing white noise, such as a fan or a sound machine, to help drown out the snoring.
- Nudge the snorer: Gently nudging the snorer can sometimes interrupt their snoring and cause them to shift positions. This might help reduce the intensity of their snoring or stop it altogether.
- Ask the snorer to change positions: Sometimes, changing positions can help reduce snoring. Ask the snorer to try sleeping on their side instead of their back.
- Use a separate sleeping area: If the snoring is particularly disruptive, you may want to consider sleeping in a different room. This will allow you to get a good night’s sleep without being disturbed by the snoring.
- Seek medical advice: If snoring is a chronic issue, it may be a sign of a more serious condition, such as sleep apnea. In this case, it’s important to seek medical advice and treatment to address the underlying issue.
Is it normal to snore?
Yes, snoring is a common occurrence and is considered normal for many people. In fact, studies have shown that up to 45% of adults snore occasionally, while 25% snore habitually. Snoring occurs when the flow of air through the mouth and nose is partially blocked during sleep, causing the tissues in the throat to vibrate and produce a sound.
However, snoring can sometimes indicate a more serious underlying condition, such as sleep apnea, which is a sleep disorder that causes a person to stop breathing for short periods during sleep. If snoring is accompanied by other symptoms such as excessive daytime sleepiness, gasping or choking during sleep, or frequent waking during the night, it may be a good idea to consult a doctor to rule out any underlying health issues.
Is snoring bad for your heart?
Yes, snoring can be bad for your heart. Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, a condition in which a person’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Sleep apnea has been associated with several risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.
People with sleep apnea may experience episodes of low oxygen levels during sleep, which can cause stress on the heart and lead to the development or worsening of cardiovascular disease. In addition, the loud and persistent snoring that often accompanies sleep apnea can also disrupt sleep and cause daytime sleepiness, which can further increase the risk of heart disease.
If you or a loved one snores regularly, it is recommended to speak with a healthcare professional to determine if it is a symptom of sleep apnea or another underlying condition that may need treatment. Treating sleep apnea can not only improve sleep quality but also reduce the risk of developing or worsening heart disease.
Why do I snore now when I never used to?
There can be several reasons why you might start snoring even if you never used to snore before. Here are some possible reasons:
- Age: As we age, our muscles, including the ones in our throat and mouth, tend to become weaker. This can cause the tissues to vibrate more easily during sleep, leading to snoring.
- Weight gain: When you gain weight, especially around the neck area, it can put pressure on the airway and cause it to narrow, leading to snoring.
- Smoking or alcohol consumption: Smoking and drinking alcohol can relax the muscles in the throat and mouth, leading to snoring.
- Allergies or congestion: Allergies or nasal congestion can make it difficult to breathe through the nose, which can lead to snoring.
- Sleeping position: Sleeping on your back can cause the tongue and soft palate to collapse to the back of the throat, narrowing the airway and causing snoring.
If you are experiencing new or worsening snoring, it is recommended to speak with a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Snoring can be a symptom of a serious condition, such as sleep apnea, which may require medical intervention.
David is a Certified Sleep Science Coach who analyzes sleep products and appears. He completed his master’s degree in journalism Industry from University of Hawai’i. He wants to make sure good night’s sleep for all.