Snoring is a sleep and breathing disorder. It is the loud or harsh sound that can occur when the breathing passage is partially obstructed by a narrowing of the upper airways. Snoring may be a common occurrence for many individuals. It can be relatively harmless but can also be a warning sign of underlying sleep disorders.
Snoring occurs due to the turbulence of air flow through an obstructed nasal passage and / or the vibration of collapsed soft tissues within the throat. The snorer is rarely aware that he or she snores. But snoring is bothersome to the bed partner and others in the family and can cause a major problem in personal relationships. The loud snoring prevents nearby people to be able to have a fitful sleep cycle.
Evidence based research has shown that chronic habitual snoring can frequently be a sign of more serious conditions and can eventually lead to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. In children, snoring may be a sign of problems with enlarged tonsils and adenoids