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Types of snoring

Types of snoring

Snoring is the sound made when the soft palate in the mouth and the uvula vibrates, because air is restricted through the nose and mouthSnoring sound because of the narrowing of your airways. The muscles of your throat relax when you sleep, and your throat becomes naturally constricted. The more constricted or narrow the airway, the greater the vibration will be. There are however different types of snoring which I will explain next.

Some snoring types originate from the nose, the back of the tongue, and others may start from the back of the throat. In other words; nasal snorers, tongue based snorers, and mouth snorers (palatal snorers). A fourth type of snorer can also be identified namely; Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

 

Nasal snorers

The Why: Snoring that is caused by partially blocked nasal passages, which forces more air through the mouth. This forced air actually then causes the airway to collapse as it cannot handle the pressure. Vibration will then occur, as previously explained, and the snoring sound will be made.

Nasal SnorerThis partial blockage could be as a result of a blocked nose, because of colds or flu, sinuses, or allergies. This blockage could be temporary, such as in flu season, or when struck with hay fever from time to time.

A nasal blockage could also be as a result of abnormalities of the nose such as with a deviated septum or nasal polyps. A deviated septum is basically a crooked nose because one of the walls in the nose is misformed. A nasal polyp is a growth inside the nose that causes an obstruction in breathing.

Other causes of nasal stuffiness could be pet hair, certain perfumes, certain household cleaners, dust mites, and some bedding like feathered pillows.

Long term nasal stuffiness could lead to chronic headaches and migraines and may even put the person at risk of developing sleep apnea and experiencing a stroke.

The Sound: A low frequency rumbling sound.

The Test: Close one nostril with your finger, and with your mouth closed try to breathe through the other nostril. If the nostril closes or you are struggling to breathe properly, try pulling and holding it open with something small. Now close your mouth and try breathing through your nose, if easier with the ‘forced’ opening you are likely a nasal snorer.

The Product: My choice of a stop snoring device for nasal snorers are the Airmax Anti Snoring Nasal Clip; check out my review to get more information.

 

Tongue based snorers

The Why: Snoring is caused by the tongue blocking air from reaching your lungs. When you sleep the soft tissues and muscles in your throat relaxes, and with tongue based snorers it relaxes so much that it actually falls back in the throat, blocking airflow. The tongue is therefore in the wrong position.

Snoring will usually stop if the person rolls over to their side.Tongue based snorers

Tongue based snorers are also more susceptible to snore if they drink alcohol or sleeping pills before going to bed, because the already relaxed muscles, tissues, and tongue will relax even more, which will enhance the snoring and could then even lead to something more serious like obstructive sleep apnea.

Most snorers, roughly up to 50%, are tongue based snorers, with men mostly falling in this category. People with excessive weight around their neck area are also prone to be tongue based snorers, because of the excess fatty tissue around the base of the tongue.

The Sound: A high pitched sound that is stop and start.

The Test: Stick your tongue out and grip it between your fingers or teeth, and try to make the snoring sound. If the sound is reduced or you are unable to produce the sound, then you are likely a tongue based snorer.

The Product: My choice of a stop snoring device for tongue based snorers are the Good Morning Snore Solution Mouthpiece; check out my review to get more information.

 

Mouth snorers (palatal snorers)

The Why: Snoring is caused when the soft tissues of the soft palate such as the uvula vibrates against each other, also called palatal snoring. This type of snoring is mostly found in people that tend to breathe through their mouths when they sleep.

Types of SnoringIt also happens that many people breathe through their mouths at night, because their noses are blocked. So there might be other underlining nasal problems which are merely becoming the mouth’s ‘problem’.

Snoring will usually occur whether the person is sleeping on their back or their side.

Mouth snorers are also prone to infections, because air that travels to the lungs has not passed through the natural filter of the nasal passages.

The Sound: A low frequency rumbling sound, almost the same as with a nasal snore.

The test: Make the snoring sound with your mouth open, and then try to make the same sound with your mouth closed. If you are unable to make the sound with a closed mouth, you are likely a mouth breather/snorer.

The Product: My choice of a stop snoring device for mouth snorers are the Sleep Tight Mouthpiece; check out my review to get more information.

 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The Why: Occurs because of a complete narrowing of the airways. As with snoring, when you sleep the muscles and tissues in the throat relaxes, but sometimes they relax to such an extent that breathing is completely blocked.

Sometimes the walls of the throat collapse so much that it could be almost completely constricted and narrow, which creates a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea can be identified by loud snoring which is then followed by periods when breathing can stop or nearly stop, causing the brain to send alarm signals and the person wakes up and gasp for air or even snort.

These episodes of stop breathing and waking up can happen several times per night, causing the person to feel not rested and sleepy the next day. The person will mostly not know what happened, and will not usually remember waking up during the night.

Sleep apnea is a very dangerous condition and demands immediate medical attention if you suspect you might have it. Sleep apnea can also increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke if left untreated. Also read: What is Sleep Apnea, if you need more information.

The Sound: Very loud snoring followed by periods of silence when breathing stops or almost stops. Then a loud gasp or couch as the person catches their breath.

The Test: The best way to determine whether you have sleep apnea is to determine whether you have any of the symptoms which you can find in my previous mentioned article; what is sleep apnea.

 

What is your type?

So what type of snorer are you? You may need help from your bed partner to identify the sounds you make and from where the sounds come from. The tests to determine where you fit are easy and can guide you in the right direction.What is your type

You can also listen to some snoring sounds, if you think that can help you decide.

You may of course also find that you fit in more than one of the above categories, which is also possible seeing that people are different and it is not one size fits all.

I hope you find the information in this article about the different types of snoring useful and that you can get a step closer to solving your snoring. Please leave your comments below should there be something on your mind or if you have anything to add.

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Nick. Really valuable information. I can see you have put a lot of research into this topic. My husband sounds like #7. Any suggestion as to what type that can be classified into?

    • Hi Elmarie

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Judging purely from the sound of number 7, I would say it sounds like a nasal snore. If your husband snores with his mouth closed, then I believe it is a nasal snore.

      A nasal device, such as a nasal clip or nasal strip should help with his snoring.

      Also remember to see your doctor if you need a proper diagnoses.

      I hope I was able to help.

      Thanks for your visit, have a great day.

      Kind Regards,

      Nick

  2. What type of snoring is #5? I wear a mouth guard for sleep apnea, but have been snoring lately. I sound like #5.

    • Hi Mary Ellen

      Thank you for your great question.

      The sounds of snoring on the site was not really added as a means to diagnose a type of snoring, and I cannot really provide an accurate diagnoses only from the sound your snoring makes. My general opinion however is that you could have a nasal snore as indicated by the low frequency rumbling sound that is indicative from sound number 5.

      If you still snore while using a snoring mouthpiece, then a nose clip or nose strip could be of great benefit to you. Just don’t use them both at the same time.

      Also remember to see your doctor if you need a proper diagnoses.

      Hope I could help.

      Kind regards,

      Nick

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