When we drink alcohol, whether it is beer, wine, or hard liquor or
spirits, intoxication normally begins to occur within ten to twenty
minutes, and it can take up to 14 hours after
the liver has removed the
alcohol from your blood stream for your brain and muscle functions to
return to normal.
you drink, the alcohol passes through the digestive system into
the blood and eventually reaches the brain, where it acts as a
relaxant. This is partly because alcohol resembles a
substance known as
that is naturally occurring in the brain.
works by soothing
and eliminating anxiety, and the brain confuses alcohol with GABA,
which only serves to enhance the calming effect that GABA has on the
mind and body, and this effect increases as you consume more
calming effect relaxes
all of the muscles in the body, including
those in the mouth and the back of the throat, and it is these muscles
that are responsible for most of the noises associated with
Do We Snore?
stated above, the main cause of snoring is when the muscles in the
mouth and the back of throat relax during sleep, which can cause
blockages of the air passage in the throat. This means
that a person
who snores has to breathe harder to force air through these partially
blocked airways, which causes the soft palate tissue and uvula to
vibrate resulting in snoring.
this is not the only cause of
snoring, it is the main one. This is also the reason why the majority
of people only snore when sleeping on their back, because the relaxed
muscle tissue, including the tongue, can fall backwards and block the
we breathe, our breathing muscles must force the air through the
airway in the throat, due to a process called inspiratory resistance.
When we are awake, the inspiratory resistance is lower, and rises
slightly as we sleep, mainly due to the effect of gravity and the
weight of your chest.
means that we need to take longer,
breaths when sleeping to force the air through our lungs.
normal people, the level of inspiratory resistance nearly doubles while
sleeping. However, for snorers, inspiratory resistance goes up by more
than four times that of the level during the day.
means that they
have to pull harder to get a full breath, which results in vibrations
of the soft tissue in the mouth and thus snoring. The more
muscles and tissues of your mouth are, the more they can block your
airway and also the more they will vibrate, thus the louder you will
Link Between Drinking And Snoring
now that you are aware of why we snore and the effects alcohol has
on the body, you can probably start to see how alcohol and snoring are
closely related. The more you drink, the more the muscles relax which
causes a further blockage of the airway at the back of the throat.
Studies have shown that
after drinking even a minimal amount of alcohol, the relaxation affect
has the effect of further raising the level of inspiratory resistance by as much as 4 times.
This means that the average person is just as likely to snore after
drinking alcohol as a habitual snorer.
a habitual snorer can have as much as 8 times
more inspiratory resistance while sleeping after drinking alcohol,
which can further exacerbate snoring and even cause mild sleep apnea.
why drinking snoring is such a serious problem, and why doctors
and sleep specialists recommend avoiding alcohol for at least a few
hours before going to bed, especially
if you already suffer from
are other links between alcohol and snoring as well. For
instance, a fairly high percentage of people are actually allergic to a
chemical compound found in many red wines known as tyrosine. Tyrosine
is also found in fermented cheese, so be especially careful in
allergic reaction to tyrosine is normally quite mild and most people
will not even notice it, but it nonetheless can still have an
inflammatory effect which can further increase snoring and degrade your
quality of sleep.
Can You Do to Eliminate the Link between Drinking and Snoring?
you know the effect of alcohol and snoring and want to know what you
can do to stop it? Well, realistically the only surefire way to reduce
this connection between drinking and snoring is to completely abstain
from drinking before going to bed. However, many people
or unable to do so.
you are one of these people, then there are a
few things you can still do to reduce the effect of alcohol and
snoring. One of the first things you can do is to eat more while you
are drinking, which will reduce the amount of alcohol that
by your body and thus reduce its effects.
possibility is to
drink beverages with lower
alcohol content, which means completely
avoiding spirits of hard liquor. If you drink wine and still snore
loudly, then maybe it is time to change to drinking beer. While none of
these suggestions will completely eliminate snoring problems associated
with alcohol, they should at least allow you to reduce your level of
snoring and provide a better night’s sleep for both you
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