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Snoring

Snoring

Snoring

It is the act of breathing through the open mouth in a manner as to cause a vibration of the uvula and soft palate, giving rise to a sound that may vary from a soft noise to a loud unpleasant, or disturbing sound. The cause of snoring is a blockage in the airway passage. When the airflow in the breathing passage becomes irregular due to a blockage, the soft palate will start vibrating. This vibrating of the soft palate is what causes the snoring sound.

Snoring is a problem when:

  • You stop breathing during sleep and have to wake up to catch your breath
  • You are disturbing your sleep partner, housemates or neighbors
  • You are losing sleep because of your snoring.

In addition to problems stemming from sleep deprivation, snoring can cause more serious health problems. Snoring has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Snoring can also be a symptom of sleep apnea.