You may be surprised to know that snoring and alcohol consumption are related. Snoring can occur because of too much alcohol consumption near bed time. Alcohol works as a kind of muscle relaxer that makes snoring worse and can cause your jaw and throat muscles to become so lax that it causes soft tissue to block your airway. Once the airway is blocked, breathing becomes forced because of narrowing of the airway. The vibration of air and the tissue that is blocking the airway causes a snoring after drinking.
How does alcohol and drinking affect snoring? While a deep sleep is certainly something we all strive for, alcohol and drinking increases snoring and can actually make a person sleep too deeply. The consequence of sleeping too soundly is that your body becomes less aware of breathing patterns and controlling the mouth. This causes a personís mouth to drop open involuntarily and causes snoring to occur. While the goal is to sleep deeply, you should still have basic controls of your mouth and breathing patterns.
Alcohol greatly reduces one's muscle tone in the body. Alcohol also causes more drying of the mouth. This is particularly relative to snoring because once membranes become overly dried out the vibration of air going through the membranes becomes louder. While alcohol and being drunk may not be the only reason behind snoring, it can definitely cause it to become more audible when your throat is dry.
For many, alcohol consumption around bed time has become a regular part of their routine, however, alcohol has been proven to actually disrupt sleeping patterns, and not just because of snoring. In fact, alcohol can cause restlessness and the inability to sleep soundly through the night. So, while alcohol may initially make you fall asleep faster, it may be the reason that you arenít sleeping as long as you would like.
Overall, snoring and alcohol consumption are related in the way that alcohol can make your body more prone to snoring through muscle relaxation and a deeper sleep. While it may be difficult giving up your night cap, there are certainly benefits to limiting alcohol consumption before bed time. Instead, researchers indicate it is better to incorporate more natural relaxation techniques in your sleep routine in order to prepare your body and mind for rest. Instead of consuming alcohol try taking a warm bath or reading a good buck. As far as liquids, water is the number one bed time choice to help keep your body hydrated which can also reduce snoring.
While being drunk can be dangerous it is important to cut out alcohol as much as possible if snoring is a problem. You should at least try to cut back on the amount of alcohol you are consuming and try to drink it earlier in the evening. It is suggested to not drink any alcohol four hours prior to bed time. You should be drinking more water or rinse with a mouth wash to remove the residue that alcohol leaves behind. This may help to limit the drying effects that alcohol may have on your throat. Alcohol can greatly influence your sleeping pattern and will increase the likeliness and loudness of your snoring capability.
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