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Snoring is the sound that occurs during sleep when flow of air is obstructed in the area where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula. Snoring noises occur when these structures vibrate against each other during breathing.
It is estimated that 45 percent of all adults snore occasionally, and 25 percent habitually snore. Snoring is more common in males and people who are overweight, and worsens with age.
Snoring is obstructed breathing. In addition to disturbed sleep patterns and sleep deprivation, other serious health problems may result. Snoring may also be a symptom of other medical conditions.
Snoring may be caused by many factors, including:
Mild or occasional snoring may be helped by:
Heavy or chronic snoring may require medical care.
Specific treatment for snoring will be determined by your physician based on:
Treatment may include a nasal mask that provides continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), or surgery.