It's loud, it's repetitive, and it can prevent a good night's sleep. Snoring is problem many of us have to deal with. It can happen occasionally or every night. Let's take a few minutes to learn more about snoring.


Snoring is caused by a breathing obstruction during sleep. The sound comes from air flowing past the tissues at the top of your airway, causing them to vibrate. Being overweight can cause snoring. So can drinking alcohol or taking sedatives before bedtime. Sleeping on your back can make you snore, too.


If you sleep with a partner, you probably know when you snore. If you sleep alone, however, you may not be aware of it. Do you ever wake up feeling like you are gasping or choking? Do you have a sore throat or headache in the morning? Are you sleepy during the day? These and other symptoms may be linked to snoring.

Related issues

For some, snoring is a sign of a minor problem like enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or a nasal defect. But for others, snoring is a sign of a serious health issue we call "obstructive sleep apnea." It's bad for your heart. It raises your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.


So if you snore, talk to your doctor. Losing weight or making some other lifestyle change may help you. A home remedy may help you. Or, you may need more specialized care. Your doctor will create a plan that's right for you.