Snoring is more than just an annoying sound someone makes in their sleep. It occurs when air flows past the tissue in your throat, but because the tissue is relaxed when you’re sleeping, it vibrates as you breathe causing a snorting or grunting sound.

In some cases, it’s merely a bothersome occurrence, and in others, it can mean something more serious like sleep apnea. And not only is it bad for the snorer, but it can also be tormenting for the snorer’s partner, who likely gets awakened by these sudden noises, or has trouble falling asleep with the sounds of snoring nearby.

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