Top 12 Reasons for Snoring & How a Snore Mouth Guard can Help

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Two people one trying to sleep and the other with a pillow over their ears, one snoring without snore mouth guard..

Why do I snore?

The first step in helping you stop snoring is to determine the cause or causes of snoring. In many cases, there is no single factor, but a multitude of factors for snoring. At the scientific level, snoring is caused by the vibrations of tissue within a narrowed airway. It is a type of breathing-related sleep disorder. 

Top 12 Reasons for Snoring

  1. Mouth Breathing
  2. Nasal Congestion
  3. Sleep Position
  4. Obesity
  5. Airway Size
  6. Neck Circumference
  7. Tongue Size
  8. Soft Tissue of Palate
  9. Alcohol
  10. Medication
  11. Age
  12. Sleep Apnea

Mouth Breathing 

Mouth breathing is a type of breathing where air enters and exits the mouth instead of the nose. It is a common breathing disorder that can cause several health problems. Mouth breathing can be caused by a few things, including allergies, a cold, sinus infection, or structural problems with the nose. 

Nasal Congestion 

Nasal congestion is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of things, such as a cold, the flu, allergies, or a sinus infection. When nasal congestion is present, it can lead to difficulty breathing through the nose and snoring. Nasal congestion can also cause discomfort and pain in the face and head. 

Sleep Position 

Sleeping on your back can cause snoring because it can lead to the tongue and soft tissues in the throat falling back and obstructing the airway. Therefore, sleeping on your side is often recommended to reduce or stop snoring. When you sleep on your side, these issues are less likely to collapse. Some positions may trigger snoring, others not. For example, someone may snore when they sleep on one side, but not the other. A sleep study can help determine if sleep position is the cause of snoring. 


When someone is obese, they are more likely to have excess fatty tissues in the neck that can block the airway and lead to snoring. Obesity can also cause breathing problems during sleep, which can lead to snoring. In addition, being overweight can put stress on the respiratory system. A person’s size and weight influence their snoring as well. 

Airway Size 

Some people have smaller airways than others, which can mean they are more prone to snoring. Larger airways allow for a larger passage into the body. As the airway narrows, less oxygen passes into the body. 

Neck Circumference 

One of the reasons why neck circumference can lead to sleep apnea is because it can lead to excess fatty tissues in the neck. When someone has a large neck circumference, it can put pressure on the airway and obstruct airflow. This can lead to snoring and sleep apnea. 

Tongue Size 

The tongue is a muscle that relaxes in the mouth to help hold food, but it can also cause some obstructions of the throat and lead to snoring. Depending on the size of someone’s tongue, they may snore at one position while not at another. For example, if you have a large tongue that falls back during sleep on your back. 

Extra Tissue in the Soft Palate 

Extra tissue in the soft palate can cause obstruction in the nasal area and lead to snoring. When this extra tissue vibrates, it creates the sound of snoring. This tissue can be caused by several things, such as genetics, age, weight, or position during sleep. If you have extra tissue in your soft palate, Dr. Jonathan Hale may recommend consulting with an ear, nose, and throat specialist prior to treatment for snoring. 


Alcohol decreases the tone of muscles throughout the body, including muscles around the airways. Alcohol is also a depressant that can lead to difficulty breathing and airway collapse. 


Some medications can also cause the tissues in the throat to relax and obstruct the airway, leading to snoring. Most sleeping pills are considered a sedative, which basically makes you unconscious. This does not help get quality sleep because you are not properly going through the natural sleep cycle. 


As people age, they can lose muscle tone in the throat and tongue. This can lead to the tissues in the throat becoming floppy and obstructing the airway, which can cause snoring. In addition, as people age, they are more likely to have nasal congestion, which can lead to snoring. 

Sleep Apnea 

Do you or someone you know snore? Snoring is often the first sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes people to stop breathing for short periods of time during their sleep. This can lead to problems such as excessive daytime sleepiness, poor work performance, and even heart disease. If you think you might have sleep apnea, there are treatments available that can help. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, or surgery. Talk to your doctor about which treatment is right for you.

Oral Appliance fitted on Model Teeth

Mouth Piece for Snoring

Take control of your snoring with a snore mouth guard. It is a mouthpiece for snoring worn while sleeping to prevent the airway from collapsing and relieve unwanted snore symptoms. Over-the-counter snore guards are available at most drugstores, but they are not always effective and can be uncomfortable to wear. Custom-made snore guards from a qualified dentist are a more comfortable and durable option. They are also American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) certified, which has higher standards than the FDA. If you’re looking for reliable information about snore solutions, consulting a sleep specialist is the most effective way to get it. We help narrow down the causes of your snoring and give back a peaceful night’s sleep to both you and your partner. 

Snoring Mouth Guard is an oral appliance that is worn at night to help prevent snoring and enhance the quality of your sleep for both you and your partner. This helps reduce snoring by gently moving the jaws forward during sleep. The treating dentist will closely monitor the mouthpiece position over time to ensure efficacy now and in the future. This snore mouth guard improves breathing and airflow by opening up the airway. As a result, it also reduces snoring and improves the quality of sleep you get. Most people find snoring mouthpieces to be comfortable and effective. This option is non-invasive, adjustable, and convenient for treating snoring and sleep apnea.

  • Reduces Snoring
  • Convenient for traveling
  • Non-Invasive with no surgery needed
  • Made in the USA

If you suffer from any of the 12 reasons for snoring, you may be at risk for sleep apnea or other breathing-related sleep disorders. Dr. Jonathan Hale is proud to bring the service of custom-made snore guards to Fort Wayne. This will allow you to enhance your everyday life with more quality sleep.