There are a variety of factors that may cause you to snore. Some people snore because of their sleeping position or their sleeping habits, and some people are predisposed to sleep-disordered breathing simply because of the way their mouth or throat is shaped. Another common cause is your sleeping environment. Many snorers find that their problem is worse when there are allergens in the room. This includes mold, which is known to cause or worsen sleep-disordered breathing.
How Fungus Affects Snoring
Mold spores are everywhere, and we breathe them in constantly. This is normal, but it becomes a problem when the spores become highly concentrated. Fungus can cause a reaction in people with allergies. Allergens trigger a chemical release that causes nasal congestion and other symptoms like coughing, headaches, and itchy eyes.
People snore when their tongue, soft palate, or uvula relaxes too much and settles over the airway, partially blocking the air from moving through. This means that the air needs to move through the airway with more force, which can cause the back of the mouth to vibrate against the throat and make loud sounds.
There are lots of reasons why this happens, but one of the most common reasons is breathing through the mouth instead of the nose. When you breathe through your nose, the air passes over the soft palate gently before entering the throat. When you breathe through your mouth, the air hits the back of the throat directly, which increases the chance of vibrations occurring.
Most people breathe through their noses while they sleep. However, if you’re congested because of allergies, it’s difficult to get enough air. Congestion also tends to get worse when you lie down. You’ll probably breathe through your mouth while you sleep, which will help your body get enough oxygen without as much exertion. As a result, you may start snoring when you have allergies, even if you’ve never snored before. If you usually snore, you may notice that it gets worse, or your partner may mention it being louder or more frequent.
How to Detect and Clean Up Mold
Whatever the reason for your sleep-disordered breathing, it’s important to find a solution that works for you. Snoring can worsen your sleep quality and prevent you from getting a full night of rest. If you sleep in the same room as your partner, it can affect your partner’s sleep, too.
The first thing you should do when tackling your sleep-disordered breathing problem is figure out the cause. Most people who snore because of fungus in their home don’t realize the cause right away. However, if you have allergies and have noticed that you snore more when your allergies act up, it’s very likely that removing allergens from your home will help.
You can dust off the surfaces in your bedroom and change your pillowcases to get rid of allergens like dust and pet dander. If your allergies still persist, you should start looking for fungus in your home. One of the most common signs is a musty odor throughout your house.
Keep an eye out for visible fungus, even if it’s just a tiny patch. You may see something that looks like dirt or soot on a wall or on the floor, but don’t overlook this as it could be mildew or fungus. Some types of fungus look thread-like and white, and others look like small black spots. Fungus can also be gray, brown, and green.
Look for signs of water damage on your walls, ceilings, and floors. Long-term moisture in an area is a big risk factor for fungus, and it may be growing behind the material that’s stained. Another sign of water damage is peeling, cracking, or bubbling paint or wallpaper.
To eliminate your allergies, reduce how much you snore, and start getting good sleep again, you should get rid of any fungus you find in your house immediately. Open any windows in the room, but cover air vents with plastic sheets to prevent spores from traveling to the rest of the house. Put on gloves, safety goggles, and a particle mask to avoid any health hazards. Then, wash the area with a mixture of detergent and water. Let the surface dry, then wash it again with a solution of bleach and water. Wait for the area to dry, and wash it a few more times with the bleach solution.
Hopefully, after removing any fungus you find in your home, your allergies will quickly clear up. This should help with your sleep-disordered breathing problem, and you should be back to getting restful and quiet sleep.