Most people are likely to snore at one time or another. It has been found in all age groups, but studies estimate that 45% of men and 30% of women snore regularly, and both men and women are more likely to snore as they age.

Snoring is caused by the force of air through a narrowed upper airway, caused by the collapse of soft tissue in the back of the throat. It is an indication that there is a problem with normal breathing, and can be a sign of more serious health issues. It is important to have snoring trouble evaluated by a specialist.

Symptoms and Risks

Snoring is a warning sound, and often indicates a more serious underlying issue such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). People who snore have a higher rate of heart disease and stroke. Snoring can cause headaches, difficulty in concentration, fatigue and reduced work performance. The effects of snoring can also annoy one’s bed partner, whose sleep quality may also be adversely affected.

Treatment Options

Because snoring often signals a more serious underlying health issue, it is very important to have your doctor or a sleep specialist evaluate the reasons for snoring. There are many treatment options available to help you and those affected by snoring get the rest they need.