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Snoring is a sound made when you breathe through your mouth and nose when you are asleep. It happens when air does not move smoothly through your air passages, making tissue in your mouth, nose and throat vibrate as the air passes through.

The flow of air can be blocked because of excess tissue in the nose, mouth and throat, or the position you sleep in, or because of a health condition.

Snoring does not usually cause any problems for the person doing it. But it does affect partners, family and even neighbours if it keeps them awake.

Snoring can sometimes be a sign of sleep apnoea. This is when the blockage in your airway causes you to stop breathing for a few seconds, so you wake up many times during the night. This causes tiredness and can affect your day-to-day life. You might not even realise that you're waking up.

Almost half of people in the UK snore from time to time, and around a quarter of people are regular snorers.

view information about Snoring on www.nhs.co.uk »

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