9 common reasons why people snore

Obstructed Nasal Airways

Nasal congestion due to allergies, sinus infections, or structural abnormalities like a deviated septum can obstruct the nasal passages, causing snoring.

Obesity or Excess Weight

 Excess weight, particularly around the neck and throat area, can put pressure on the airways, leading to snoring.

Alcohol Consumption

 Alcohol relaxes the muscles in the throat, which can result in airway obstruction and snoring.

Sleeping Position

Sleeping on the back can cause the base of the tongue and soft palate to collapse against the back of the throat, leading to snoring. This is why some individuals primarily snore when sleeping on their backs.


As people age, the throat muscles naturally become more relaxed, increasing the likelihood of snoring.

Enlarged Tonsils or Adenoids

In children and some adults, enlarged tonsils or adenoids can block the airway and contribute to snoring.

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder where the airway repeatedly becomes partially or completely blocked during sleep, leading to snoring and interrupted breathing.


Smoking causes irritation and inflammation of the throat tissues, increasing the likelihood of snoring.