Snoring - What Increases Your Risk

Things that may increase your risk of snoring include:

  • Being male. Men are more likely to snore than women.
  • Age. Snoring is most common in middle-aged people.
  • Heredity. Snoring may run in families.
  • Weight gain and obesity.
  • Smoking. Exposing children to tobacco smoke may also increase their risk of snoring.
  • Use of alcohol or sedative medicines.
  • Chronic nasal congestion during sleep. This is often caused by colds or allergies.
  • Jaw abnormalities, such as a small chin and overbite (class II malocclusion -the upper jaw and teeth overlap the bottom jaw and teeth). This may be an especially important factor in women.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.