What is snoring?

Snoring is defined as a coarse sound made by vibrations of the soft palate and other tissue in the mouth, nose & throat (upper airway). Snoring occurs when air does not flow smoothly through the air passages. This causes the tissues of the airway to vibrate and knock against the back of the throat, resulting in a noise that can be soft, loud, raspy, harsh, hoarse, or fluttering.

Snoring can originate from the nose, oropharynx or the base of the tongue. In recent years it has been found that the tongue plays a far more important role in the incidence of snoring than was once thought.

Snoring is something that cannot be stopped at will, neither is it something that can be ‘cured’. It can however, be successfully controlled.

Snoring is caused by a physical abnormality that needs to be identified for its treatment. Finding the cause is the key to finding a solution for snoring. Treating the cause of snoring properly and completely is the best cure for snoring. In most instances snoring can be controlled by simple self-help remedies.

In severe cases snoring may progress to upper respiratory resistance syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder in which you periodically stop breathing during sleep.