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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 3, 2022.

What makes someone more likely to snore?

Snoring is more common in men, older adults, and people who are overweight. You are more likely to snore after you drink alcohol or take medicines that make you drowsy or relaxed. Women are more likely to snore in the later stages of pregnancy. You are more likely to snore if you have a cold, stuffy nose, or throat problems, such as tonsillitis. A deviated septum can also cause snoring. The septum is in the middle of the nose and divides your nostrils. A septum that is deviated is not in the correct place.

How is the cause of snoring diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your sleep pattern and snoring. You may need a sleep study. This is an overnight test that checks for problems with breathing while you sleep.

What can I do to snore less?

  • Change your sleep position. Try a different sleep position, such as lying on your side. This may help decrease snoring.
  • Use a dental device. You may need to use a dental device while you sleep. It is similar to a retainer or mouth guard. The device helps keep your airway open while you sleep. Ask your healthcare provider or dentist for more information.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Ask your healthcare provider what a healthy weight is for you. Ask him or her to help you create a safe weight loss plan if you are overweight. Even a small goal of a 10% weight loss can improve your snoring.
  • Exercise regularly. Ask about the best exercise plan for you. Exercise can help reduce snoring and help you sleep better at night.

When should I call my doctor?

  • You wake up often during the night.
  • You feel more tired than usual during the day.
  • You have a hard time staying awake during the day.
  • You have headaches or feel depressed often.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

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