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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 of Health.