Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep that happens when tissue vibrates in the upper airway. It is a common problem that affects most people at some time during their lives.
It is often harmless, and it may be relieved through home remedies. If these do not work, treatment may be available. Sometimes snoring is linked to a more serious health problem. If snoring is disruptive, or if there are other symptoms, it is best to see a doctor.
Fast facts about snoring
Snoring is a common but treatable condition.
It happens when turbulent air flows through the airway, causing the uvula and soft palate to vibrate.
Snoring may be related to sleep apnea, which is a symptom ofhigh blood pressureand other conditions.
Men snore more often than women.
Some home remedies and exercises can help prevent snoring.
Snoring can be annoying, and sometimes it can be a sign of an underlying problem.
During waking hours, the tissues in the throat and upper airway are open for easy air intake to the lungs.
During sleep, the soft tissues and tongue relax, and can partially block the airway.
If the air coming in and out of the airway meets enough resistance, vibration, or snoring,can occur.