How Mucus Can Cause Snoring

mucusYou may already know that mucus and snoring can be related. Not all snoring causes go back to mucus, but sometimes it does contribute to the problem.

The good news is that it’s usually easy to tell when mucus may be the issue and there are also plenty of simple solutions available. In fact, you probably already have most of them in your home.

Anything that takes up space in your airway can make you snore. Anytime your airway is not open completely snoring becomes more likely.

If you have too much mucus it can build up and obstruct the airway. It can have an effect similar to inflammation caused by allergies. It just takes up space and that is never a good thing.

Times Mucus May Be the Problem

Some of the times when mucus is at the center of the issue are easy to recognize. Other times it is not so obvious. You are probably familiar with at least a few of these.

One of the most common times mucus may be to blame is when you have a cold. You already know that colds cause congestion and excess phlegm. Both congestion and mucus can contribute to snoring. Actually, either one can cause you to snore all by itself.

Another common time for this issue is during allergy season. The problem is almost identical to when you have a cold. A runny nose has never helped anyone snore less, that’s for sure. Congestion is usually a problem with seasonal allergies as well.

One cause of excess mucus that you may not be familiar with is dairy. Eating and drinking a lot of dairy products has been known to increase mucus production. Milk is probably the worst of all dairy products for this. Things like cheese and ice cream aren’t much of an issue.

Smoking is something that needs to be mentioned here too. However, smoking does not cause excess production of mucus like colds or allergies. If you’ve ever smoked a cigarette in your life then you probably know where I’m going with this. No matter what kind of tobacco you smoke, it will cause mucus to build up. Usually it builds up because the smoke dries it out inside your nose or sinus cavity. Even if you smoke menthol tobacco this will still happen. It may feel like your nose is clearing but it really isn’t.

What To Do

If you have a cold or allergies, the first thing you should do is start using an over the counter decongestant. This will help to thin and loosen any excess mucus you may have. If you can get it out of your body then that is one less thing you have to worry about. There are even a few specialty products made just for this like Mucinex.

If allergies are your problem, then in addition to a decongestant you may want to take an antihistamine. Antihistamines are your weapon of choice when you’re up against allergies.

There are quite a few over the counter antihistamines available these days. I can think of about three just off the top of my head. There are also low priced generic versions available if cost is an issue.

Maybe you’re a milk fan. Maybe you drink several glasses of milk every day and it’s boosting your mucus production. This solution is very simple. Drink more water!

If you drink enough water throughout the day then you may not even need to reduce the amount of milk you consume. You will be able to tell when you are drinking enough water. Add 1 glass of water per day until you notice your mucus thinning and becoming looser. Once you are satisfied with the result just keep drinking that amount of water.

If you have a mucus problem because of smoking then you aren’t going to like what I have to tell you. The best thing you can do is quit smoking. However, I know that may not sound like fun. If you don’t want to quit then I would suggest drinking more water. Otherwise there isn’t much you can do here.


Mucus can cause snoring. The good thing is that this snoring cause can be fixed more easily than most. Now you know when mucus may be the culprit and what to do about it if it is.

All of the solutions above can help you and have worked for plenty of people for years. If you are only snoring because of mucus then consider yourself lucky. At least excess mucus is only temporary.

Try the solution that goes with your situation and see how it works for you. I’m sure you will be pleased with the results.

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