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Why Did I Suddenly Start Snoring?

If you have historically slept without snoring (or rarely snored) and suddenly begin snoring, there are a number of reasons why it could be happening.


Certain medications such as Benedryl or a muscle relaxant can cause the throat tissues to relax and cause snoring.

Alcohol Consumption

As with muscle relaxants, alcohol causes the throat muscles to relax, resulting in snoring.

Weight gain

This is particularly true with weight gain around the neck. Excessive weight gain increases your chances of snoring.

Sleep deprivation

Ironically, sleep deprivation can cause your throat to close as your airways become more relax.


Nasal or chest congestion makes breathing difficult and can result in snoring.

Nasal or jaw injury

Any injury or condition that alters your nose, throat, or jaw can result in snoring.


Snoring is known to become worse as we age for a number of reasons:

  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Weight gain
  • Medications
  • Hormonal changes (for women)

It is important to note that while sudden snoring might be caused by a temporary issue such as congestion or medication, it can also indicate something else.