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Snoring

by Karl Doghramji, MD

Snoring is a raspy noise produced in the nasopharynx during sleep. It is quite common, occurring in about 57% of men and 40% of women; prevalence increases with age. However, because a bed partner's perception of and response to snoring is highly subjective and because snoring varies from night to night, prevalence estimates vary widely.

The sound ranges from barely audible to an extremely bothersome noise that may be loud enough to hear in another room. Snoring is distressing usually to others (typically a bed partner or roommate trying to sleep) rather than the snorer; uncommonly, snorers wake up to the sound of their own snoring.

Snoring can have significant social consequences. It can cause strife between bed partners or roommates; rarely, snorers have been assaulted and even murdered because of their snoring.

Other symptoms such as frequent awakening, gasping or choking during sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, and morning headache may also be present, depending on the severity, cause, and consequences of the snoring.

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