What is snoring?

While you sleep, the muscles in 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 in, but also when you exhale. 

These vibrations are the characteristic sound of snoring. The smaller your airway becomes the louder the snoring. 

Sometimes the walls of the throat collapse completely, creating a condition called apnea. This is a serious condition that may be Obstructive Sleep Apnea and requires medical attention.

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