Why Alcohol Causes Snoring

While many people in the world snore, few know exactly why their body does what it does, and how they can fix the problem. One of the most common causes of snoring is alcohol. Alcohol, a depressant, travels through all areas of the body and slows your brains response mechanism. In addition, alcohol relaxes the muscles of the body more so than normal sleeping does.

Since your muscles are more relaxed while under the influence, your orophanyx (the back of your throat) begins to collapse more rapidly then when sober. This can be one of the root causes of why snoring occurs for an individual.


A more grave threat than merely sawing logs, however, is the chance that alcohol can cause regular snorers to induce a temporary case of sleep apnea temporary stoppage of breathing while asleep. This is not the same as being clinically diagnosed with sleep apnea, as it occurs only when a “primary” snorer imbibes alcohol before bed. That does not mean that it is not an issue that requires addressing, however.

If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night after a night of drinking with a shortness of breath, or feel extremely sluggish and tired during the daytime after a night of drinking, you may be a victim to alcohol-induced sleep apnea. If you dont modify your lifestyle, the condition will only worsen, and sleep apnea is a tough problem to treat.

Nasal Irritation

In addition to the factors above, alcohol is known to cause irritation of the nasal airway, as well as congestion that creates airway resistance while you breathe. If for some reason you are unable to stop drinking, one way to lessen the effects of alcohol on your sleeping patterns would be to make sure that you drink your last drink at least 4 hours before you go to bed. This grace period allows your body a chance to process the alcohol and reduce the effects that it may have on your sleeping, helping you to sleep without snoring.

In addition to alcohol causing problems with sleep disorders, it is also important to be careful while taking sedatives such as sleeping pills. They behave much in the same way as alcohol, causing your body to relax its muscles and inducing many of the same symptoms as alcohol.

Anti-histamines have also been known to have negative effects when it comes to sleep disorders such as primary snoring and sleep apnea. If at all possible, you should avoid the consumption of any of these risk-factors before you go to sleep. When you snore, you not only affect yourself studies have shown that bedmates can lose up to an hour of sleep per night and wake up as many as 21 times per hour when sleeping next to a snorer, in a problem known as Spousal Arousal Syndrome. So, dont just do it for yourself do it for your loved one! We wish you the best of luck for solving your problem. You can do it!