Snoring is the sound you made when your breathing is blocked while sleeping. Tissues at the top of your airway that strike each other and vibrate cause the sound. It is especially common among older people and people who are overweight.

When severe, snoring can cause frequent waking during the night and daytime sleepiness, as well as be disruptive to others. Snoring can also be a sign of a serious sleep disorder called sleep apnea. You should see your health care provider if you are often tired during the day, don’t feel that you sleep well, or wake up gasping for breath.

The best way to reduce snoring is to lose weight, though thin people can snore too. Also, reducing or avoiding alcohol and other sedatives at bedtime and not sleeping on your back may improve snoring.

 

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