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  • What causes snoring?

    Snoring is caused by a vibration of tissues in your throat from air passing through as you breath in. This occurs because the airway is not fully open, and air is forced through a narrow passage. This causes a blockage of the airway. The tissues then vibrate, making a snoring sound.

    The loudness of the snore is affected by how much air is going through the passage. The smaller the passage is, the harder it is to breath in air, and the snoring becomes louder.

    About 10 to 30 percent of all adults snore. Most people do not have a medical condition causing their snoring. However, about five out of 100 people could possibly have a life threatening disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (your breathing stops or gets very shallow while you are sleeping).

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