Snoring is an annoying inconvenience for some people, and a life-altering burden for others. In total, according to Sleep Education, about 40 percent of adult men and 24 percent of adult women snore on a regular basis. They recognize what snoring is, and how it can affect both their sleep and the sleep of their partner, but most people don’t realize how complicated snoring really is—and how it can develop over time.
The Mechanics of Snoring
Snoring produces noise of varying intensity levels, associated with each breath during sleep. For some people, the sound is a loud vibration, while for others, it’s a hiss or a low groan. In any case, snoring occurs when air can’t move freely through the nose and throat. Without that flexibility of movement, the air makes surrounding tissues vibrate, which causes the audible sound.