Can you Inherit the Snoring “Gene”?

Snoring is a problem for quite a few people around the world, not to mention their partners. It is one of the reasons why couples fight, why people are often moody after an 8-hour sleep, and why white noise machines are sometimes a godsend.

But does it have anything to do with our genetics? If our parents and grandparents snored, wouldn’t that make snoring an inherited trait?

Well, the answer to this question is not simple. There are many factors to consider, and we can even connect it to genetics. But it’s often just a sign of a bad lifestyle.

Large Tongues, Overbites, and Airways

If large tongues run in our family, then we could say that snoring runs in the family. When people have large tongues, those tongues can get too relaxed during the night and fall backward.

Another reason why snoring could be hereditary is a narrow airway. If someone has such an airway from birth, they have an increased risk of having issues.

What’s more, we also have to take into account the neural control of the upper airway muscles. That, too, is a genetic component that runs in the family. So if some of our relatives suffer from it, then it’s likely that we will, too.

Finally, having an overbite is another factor that could cause problems. When someone has an overbite, their jaw is pushed back. That causes the airway to become too narrow for normal breathing.

Most of these issues can be solved with a Mandibular advancement device or MAD that helps adjust the jaw and open up the airway. This results in normal breathing.

What About Our Lifestyle Choices

It would be too easy to put blame on our genetics. After all, we have all the power in the world to change ourselves and make our sleeping pattern better.

Thus, when someone’s a snorer, it’s more likely that they are indulging in unhealthy habits. Alcohol, for example, is a liquid depressant that relaxes the tongue.

Moreover, smoking is another risk factor, as it directly influences the way we breathe. In fact, smoking leads to inflammation or the swelling of the airway. Thus, the airway, yet again, becomes too small for the air to go through it.

Now, we could say that sometimes alcoholism and smoking run in the family. But there’s no real evidence that’s true. What’s more, people have free will, which makes them responsible for their bad habits. As such, just because our parents smoked and snored, it doesn’t mean that we will end up like them.

Snoring Isn’t Just Genetic

We know that deviated septums are a common cause of snoring. Sometimes they don’t at all, which just goes to show that other factors have to play a role as well.

Thus, someone with a deviated septum or a genetic craniofacial abnormality would sometimes have to get “the sniffles” or have allergies to cause them to snore.

We also have to pay attention to what we eat and how tired we are. Those who indulge in bad food, as well as frequently stay up late and wake up early are good candidates.

Conclusion

Certain heritable traits may contribute to snoring. However, it’s far more likely that our lifestyle choices are to blame. But don’t worry — that’s good news! After all, we cannot change our genetics, but we can quit alcohol, smoking, and change our diet when we really want to.

References

Clayton Dillon
Written By
Clayton Dillon

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Blog • 3 min read

Memory Foam Pillows: The Benefits

What is Memory Foam? Memory foam is a combination of polyurethane and chemicals that allow for the material to contour […]

Clayton Dillon
December 20th, 2019
Blog • 3 min read

Microfiber Sheets: The Pros and Cons

Microfiber is used for a variety of applications. It has found its way into moisture wicking clothing, shammy towels, and […]

Clayton Dillon
December 19th, 2019
Blog • 6 min read

How to Soundproof Your Bedroom

If you have trouble sleeping due to external disturbances, you might want to consider soundproofing your bedroom. Although time consuming, […]

Clayton Dillon
December 18th, 2019
Blog • 4 min read

How to Sleep Next to Someone Who Snores: Is it Possible?

Snoring usually leads to two major problems. The first one relates to the fact that the person in question is […]

Clayton Dillon
May 1st, 2019
Blog • 5 min read

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Sleep Deprivation?

Everyone knows how important sleep is, but very few people actually act in accordance with that knowledge. There are many […]

Clayton Dillon
May 1st, 2019
Blog • 5 min read

Is it Possible to Snore and Dream at the Same Time?

It’s been a matter of great discussion about whether people can snore and dream at the same time. If you […]

Clayton Dillon
May 1st, 2019