Snoring is the sound you make when
your breathing is blocked while you are asleep. The sound is caused
by tissues at the top of your airway that strike each other and
vibrate. Snoring is common, especially among older people and people
who are overweight. When severe, snoring can cause
frequent awakenings at night and daytime sleepiness. It can also disrupt
your bed partner's sleep. Snoring can also be a sign of a serious
sleep disorder called Sleep Apnea. You should consider seeing your health care
provider if you are often tired during the day, don't feel that you
sleep well, or wake up gasping. To reduce snoring and the risk
of Sleep Apnea:
Lose weight if you are
overweight - this may help, but thin people can snore, too.
Cut down or avoid alcohol and
other sedatives at bedtime.
Don't sleep flat on your back.
In and of itself snoring is
not a health problem but it may indicate the
more serious disorder of Sleep Apnea.
We now know that treating snoring alone can
create a false sense of positive results and should
never be done
without first testing for Sleep Apnea.
This is from the National Institute