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SUNY Downstate Sleep Disorders Center
What is Snoring?
Snoring is a loud, hoarse, or harsh breathing sound that occurs during sleep. 33% of adults who snore have a life-threatening sleep disorder. Snoring can be a sign of a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. A sleep specialist can diagnose sleep apnea by doing a sleep study.
Snoring can be a problem for the bed partner of a snorer as well. Sleep may be disrupted by the sound of the other person's snoring, leading to sleep difficulties and other issues for the non-snorer.
Causes of Snoring
In most cases, the reason for snoring is not known. Some potential causes, other than sleep apnea, include:
Tips to Help Reduce Snoring:
Snoring in Children
Children with chronic snoring should also be evaluated for apnea. Sleep apnea in children has been linked to growth problems, ADHD, poor school performance, learning difficulties, bedwetting and high blood pressure. Most children who snore do NOT have apnea, but a sleep study is the only reliable way to tell for sure.