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Snoring and Alcohol Consumption Are Actually Related

Jan 31, 2008
Are you someone who snores? Are you someone who also drinks a lot, or just likes have a "belt" before bed? It may surprise you to know that snoring and alcohol consumption are actually related! You could be causing your own snoring by having those few drinks, whether they're during the day or right before bedtime. Let's take a closer look at just how it is that snoring and alcohol consumption go hand-in-hand.

Too Deep of Sleep

Getting deep sleep is important for the body to adequately rest and refresh itself. Daytime naps are fine, but to really function optimally, the body does need that deep, REM stage sleep.

However, snoring and alcohol consumption seem to be connected in that alcohol causes a person to sleep just too deeply. This means that the body cannot regulate it's own breathing and air passages. The mouth falls open involuntarily, and snoring occurs. When you're not sleeping this deeply, the body will know to breathe through the nose as it should, but snoring and consumption of alcohol are closely related when a person is sleeping too soundly to have the body react as it should.

Drying Your Throat

If you've ever cleaned a wound or cut with rubbing alcohol, you know how dry your skin gets around it. Obviously the alcohol in drinks is very different (and we would never recommend you drink rubbing alcohol!) but it still has something of the same effect on your skin in your throat. The alcohol dries the skin around your mouth, throat, tongue, and other areas of your respiratory system.

Snoring occurs when air passing over this area causes the membranes of the throat to vibrate, which happens more when those membranes are overly dry. If you're snoring, and alcohol consumption is a part of your daily life or part of your bedtime routine, you are just drying up your throat even more and causing your body to snore that much more.

It may be difficult for you to consider giving up your daily or nightly drinks, however, when you consider the obvious connection between snoring and alcohol consumption, you might want to consider how to at least cut back. Try not to have a drink for at least an hour before bedtime. Have a glass of water or rinse your throat with an alcohol-free mouthwash to remove the alcohol residue.
About the Author
Lisa Davies is a freelance writer. For more information about causes of snoring visit our site Snoring Remedies at http://www.snorelesssleepmore.com
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