Snoring

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Snoring affects many of people during their sleep. Often, people do not even realize they are snoring. Let’s turn on the lights and see where the snoring is coming from.

Snoring occurs when the airway become partially blocked, forcing the lungs to inhale harder to compensate for the lack of air entering the body.

The snoring sound results from the vibration of these two structures, the soft palate and the uvula.

Several factors contribute to snoring, including excessive alcohol intake, nasal congestion, obesity, and enlarged tonsils and adenoids

Snoring by itself is not necessarily dangerous, but some snorers have such severe airflow blockage that it prevents them from getting quality sleep. This condition, called sleep apnea, is common but dangerous if left untreated.

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  • Last reviewed on 8/31/2011
  • Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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