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Is My Tongue Making Me Snore?

Is My Tongue Making Me Snore?

Monday, August 14, 2023

Snoring can be a disruptive and frustrating issue, not just for the snorer but also for their sleeping partner. If you've ever wondered why you snore or if there might be a connection between your tongue and your snoring, you're not alone. 


Tongue thrust is a common contributing factor to snoring, and understanding this phenomenon can help you take steps toward finding effective solutions. In this post, we'll explore what tongue thrust is, how it affects your breathing, and what you can do to alleviate snoring caused by this condition.

What Is Tongue Thrust?

Tongue thrust  is a habit in which the tongue pushes against the back of the front teeth, or protrudes between the teeth, when swallowing.

While it is a normal swallowing pattern in infants, it typically resolves as they grow and develop. However, some individuals retain this habit into childhood and adulthood, which can have various consequences, including snoring.

The Connection Between Tongue Thrust and Snoring

When the tongue rests on the roof of the mouth, it helps maintain an unobstructed airway. However, in individuals with a tongue thrust who usually are mouth breathers while sleeping, the tongue's incorrect position paired with gravity, may result in the tongue occluding part of the airway during sleep. As the air passes through the narrowed airway, it causes the surrounding tissues to vibrate, resulting in the sound we know as snoring.

Factors that can worsen tongue thrust-related snoring include:

  • Sleeping position: Sleeping on your back can exacerbate the issue since gravity can further push the tongue backward, obstructing the airway.
  • Alcohol consumption and sedatives: These substances can relax the muscles, including those in the tongue, leading to increased tongue movement and potential airway obstruction.
  • Obesity: Excess weight can contribute to the narrowing of the airway, making snoring more likely in individuals with tongue thrust.
  • Nasal congestion: When the nasal passages are congested, individuals may resort to mouth breathing, which can lead to snoring.
  • Enlarged tonsils and adenoids: Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can further restrict the airway, exacerbating snoring in individuals with tongue thrust.
  • Allergies: Allergic reactions can cause nasal congestion and inflammation, leading to mouth breathing and increased snoring.
  • Sleep apnea:  As one continues to snore, the tongue may start totally occluding the airway, causing the person to stop breathing. Fortunately, our brain will usually wake us up with a snort! This can cause serious heart problems.

It's essential to address these factors to alleviate tongue thrust-related snoring and improve overall sleep quality. If snoring persists despite lifestyle changes, seeking professional advice from a healthcare provider or sleep specialist is recommended for further evaluation and appropriate management.

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Janet M. Bennett

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Janet Bennett, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is a Speech Pathologist in private practice in Asheville, NC, since 1977. She specializes in treating tongue thrust, a swallowing disorder that can result in buckteeth, an open bite, a lisp, snoring, and other problems that have not yet been made known to most people.