Regular snoring occurs in about one third of adults and is more common in men than women. Although snoring is extremely common among individuals with obstructive sleep apnea, many snorers do not have clinically significant apnea.


Snoring results from vibrations of the soft tissues that make up the upper airway in the back of your throat. It can be worsened by consuming alcohol before bedtime, smoking, secondhand smoke exposure, nasal congestion, sleeping on one’s back and being overweight.


Lifestyle changes, weight loss and non-surgical interventions can often reduce snoring. Surgery is not a generally recommended treatment for snoring, but may be called for to address anatomical problems such as nasal polyps and enlarged adenoids and tonsils that can also contribute to snoring.


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