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Snoring is a noise that you may make while breathing during sleep. You snore when the flow of air from your mouth or nose to your lungs makes the tissues of your throat vibrate while you sleep. This usually is caused by a blockage or narrowing in your nose, mouth, or throat (airway).
Snoring can be soft, loud, raspy, harsh, hoarse, or fluttering. If you have a bed partner, they may notice that you sleep with your mouth open or that you're restless while sleeping. If snoring interferes with your or your bed partner's sleep, either or both of you may feel tired during the day.
You may be able to help reduce your snoring by making changes in your activities and in the way you sleep.
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Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Hasmeena Kathuria MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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