Snoring can be caused by one factor or many, depending on the individual. It can be its own problem or indicate other medical conditions, some of them serious. The list of causes and aggravating factors is a lengthy one:
- Narrowing of the upper air passages from an increase in size of throat tissues, such as large tonsils and adenoids
- Enlarged or long uvula
- Enlarged tongue
- Increased neck size, especially in people who are overweight
- Narrowed nasal passages, from allergies, infection, polyps or tumors
- Deviated septum
Other causes and aggravating factors include obesity, poor muscle tone in the throat, fatigue, medication, alcohol consumption, smoking and sleeping on your back.