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What increases our chance of snoring?

Several factors can increase snoring. The normal aging process can lead to more relaxation of the throat muscles, resulting in snoring. 

Anatomical abnormalities of the nose and throat, such as enlarged tonsils or adenoids, nasal polyps, or deviated nasal septum cause exaggerated narrowing of the throat during sleep and lead to snoring.

Functional abnormalities such as inflammation of the nose and /or throat that may occur during respiratory infection or during allergy season may result in snoring in some people. 

Alcohol is a potent muscle relaxant and drinking alcohol in the evening will cause snoring. Muscle relaxants taken in the evening may worsen snoring in some individuals. 

Sleeping on your back can increase snoring. Obesity is one of the most important factors that will increase the chance of snoring.

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