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Snoring

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Overview

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.

Review Date 12/6/2012

Updated by: Ashutosh Kacker, MD, BS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Associate Attending Otolaryngologist, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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