SNORING IS A BREATHING DISORDER, WHICH RESULTS FROM A NARROWING OF THE AIRWAY DURING SLEEP.
When you fall asleep all your muscles relax, including those that control your tongue and throat.
The soft tissue at the back of your throat can sag, narrowing the airway. Incoming air makes the soft tissues at the back of your palate and the suspended tissue at the back of your throat (uvula) vibrate.
This vibration is the sound we know as ‘snoring’.
Generally, the more narrow your airway the louder the snoring. Snoring is often no greater a problem than the noise itself. However, loud snoring may be a sign of a more serious problem – Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.