Snoring may occur nightly or intermittently. Persons most at risk are males and those who are overweight, but snoring is a problem of both genders, although it is possible that women do not present with this complaint as frequently as men. Snoring usually becomes more serious as people age. It can cause disruptions to your own sleep and your bed-partner's sleep. It can lead to fragmented and un-refreshing sleep which translates into poor daytime function (tiredness and sleepiness).
While you sleep, the muscles of your throat relax, your tongue falls backward, and your throat becomes narrow and "floppy." As you breathe, the walls of the throat begin to vibrate - generally when you breathe in, but also, to a lesser extent, when you breathe out. These vibrations lead to the characteristic sound of snoring. The narrower your airway becomes, the greater the vibration and the louder your snoring. Sometimes the walls of the throat collapse completely so that it is completely occluded, creating a condition called Sleep Apnea (cessation of breathing). This is a serious condition which requires medical attention.
- People who snore make a vibrating, rattling, noisy sound while breathing during sleep. It may be a symptom of sleep apnea.
- Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
- Morning Headaches
- Recent Weight Gain
- Awakening in the Morning not Feeling Rested
- Awaking at Night Feeling Confused
- Change in Your Level of Attention, Concentration, or Memory
- Observed Pauses in Breathing During Sleep