Snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. It is a common problem among all ages and both genders and it affects approximately 90 million American adults — 37 million on a regular basis. Snoring may occur nightly or intermittently. Snoring disrupts your sleep and the sleep of anyone who is in the same room (or even house) as you. 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. These vibrations lead to the characteristic sound of snoring. The narrower your airway becomes, the greater the vibration and the louder the snoring. Sometimes the walls of the throat collapse completely so that it is completely occluded, creating a condition called apnea (cessation of breathing). This is a serious condition, which requires medical attention.
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