Why do Men Snore More than Women

By Jomvie Reyes - PTRP, RN, MN

men and women snoreHave you wondered why most men snore more than women and it keeps you from having a good night sleep? Or sometimes you’re awakened by your bed partner’s loud snore in the middle of the night?

Generally, snoring is a fact in life that affects men and women which is caused by the vibration of soft palate and uvula. However, it’s the man who snores more often.  There are two basic reasons that explain why men are prone to snoring more than women. Read on.

The Anatomy of Snoring

Like any other muscles, our tongue relaxes during sleep and causes it to fall into the space, especially when we lie on our back. And this space is larger in men, which explains why men tend to snore more than women.

Men have more vibrant vocal cords than women, which are deeper and heavier. Another fact that explains why men snore more than women is that, ideally, a woman’s jaw is recessed, unlike in men, the jaw is prominent and defined.


The lifestyle of a person has a significant effect on the body built and functions. Men lead the statistics in terms of alcohol and smoking usage.

Substances such as alcohol and sedatives tend to relax the muscles of the air passage causing obstruction of air flow. The tongue would be pulled back and may obstruct the airway. In a United States survey, it shows that men tend to indulge in binge drinking twice more than women.

Smoking also causes irritation of the airway soft tissues which may lead to increased production of secretions further adding add to the narrowing and obstruction of the airway. According to statistical reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21.6% of men while 16.5% of women are smokers.

Last Updated: October 9, 2013


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