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What causes snoring?

It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping. During sleep, the muscles in soft tissues in the snorer’s throat and mouth relax, making the breathing airway smaller. This decrease in the airway space increases the speed of the air flow. As the speed increases, the soft tissues surrounding the space vibrate, creating noisy breathing or snoring. Snoring also increases with excess body weight, alcohol consumption, and sedatives.

 

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