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Snoring: How to Stop This Annoying Problem?

Written by
Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Aug 04, 2018 and last reviewed on Oct 07, 2022   -  5 min read


Snoring occurs when something restricts the airflow in the mouth or nose during sleep. Keep reading this article to know this condition in detail.

Snoring: How to Stop This Annoying Problem?

What Is Snoring?

Snoring is a common condition. Anybody can snore at some point in life. For example, while some individuals breathe heavily while sleeping, others make a soft whistling sound. Snoring occurs when air cannot flow easily through the nose or mouth. Snoring can disrupt sleep quality and be a nuisance for the bed partner.

Is Snoring Ever Normal?

Almost everyone snores now and then, but it can be a chronic problem for some people. Snoring does not necessarily mean a medical condition but can sometimes indicate a serious sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is described by loud snoring followed by a few seconds of quietness due to a pause in breathing.

How Common Is the Problem?

As many as 45 % of individuals snore sometimes, and 25 % snore almost all the time. Men, especially those above 50 years, overweight or obese, are more likely to snore than women.

Why Do People Snore?

If the airway is restricted, tissues such as the soft palate, tonsils, adenoids, and tongue vibrate against each other as one forces air through the mouth or nose. These vibrations produce a rumbling, rattling noise.

Several factors and conditions can block airflow. Here are some of them:

What Are the Symptoms of Snoring?

Snoring sounds can range from quiet whistles or vibrations to loud grumbling, snorting, or rumbling. Snoring is frequently associated with a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea. Not everyone who snores has this condition, but if any of the following symptoms accompany snoring, it can be a hint to see a healthcare provider for evaluation.

What Are the Complications of Snoring?

Snoring can sometimes be more than just a nuisance to the bed partner. Apart from disrupting the bed partner's sleep, if snoring is associated with obstructive sleep apnoea, it can cause problems, including:

How Is Snoring Diagnosed?

The healthcare provider reviews the signs, symptoms, and medical history to diagnose the condition. The provider can also perform a physical examination to look for the things blocking the airways, such as chronic nasal congestion due to rhinitis, sinusitis, deviated septum, or swollen tonsils. Additionally, the provider might ask your partner questions about when and how you snore to help evaluate the severity of the problem.

They may also order some tests, including:

What Are the Treatments for Snoring?

The provider recommends treatments for improving the posture or opening the airways during sleep. Remedies for snoring include:

Home Remedies:

Medications: For mild cases of snoring due to swelling of the lining of the nose, the provider may prescribe a steroid nasal spray to take before going to sleep. Cold and allergy medications alleviate nasal congestion and help in breathing freely.

Surgical procedures or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may be prescribed for severe cases of snoring due to sleep apnea.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP: This is the most effective and reliable treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea that involves wearing a mask over the nose or mouth during sleep. This mask delivers pressurized air from a small bedside pump to the airway to keep it open during sleep. CPAP stops snoring and is commonly used to treat snoring when associated with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

Surgical Treatments: In some cases, snoring and sleep-disordered breathing are treated with surgery to shrink or remove extra tissue or correct a structural problem.


Snoring can be annoying and disruptive. Sometimes it can also be a symptom of a larger underlying medical problem. Talk to a healthcare provider if snoring lasts longer than a few nights or is very loud. Long-term snoring can cause serious health issues, including heart attack, stroke, and other health problems. Snoring can be reduced by staying healthy and active, losing weight, avoiding alcohol, and adopting other lifestyle changes. Discuss with a healthcare provider the available treatments to help one breathe easier, sleep better, and feel more rested.


Last reviewed at:
07 Oct 2022  -  5 min read




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