Snoring is a common sleep problem. Approximately 90 million American adults
are affected by snoring, and 37 million of them snore on a regular basis.
Snoring happens when the tissues in your throat relax as you sleep. When air flows through the relaxed tissues, they vibrate as you breathe and cause a horse or harsh sound. It can be soft or very loud depending on the severity.
Snoring can be disruptive to sleep, both for the snorer and sleeping partners. This disruption can cause fragmented sleep with little to no deep sleep, leaving sufferers feeling unrested and unrefreshed in the morning.
People who suffer from snoring can be affected by sleep deprivation and may be at a higher risk for heart disease. Sleep deprivation can lead to difficulty with concentration, performance, mood, and cause drowsy driving.
Frequent loud snoring can be an indication of sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous condition that increases the risk for high blood pressure, heart conditions, stroke, behavior problem, and an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents.