Snoring is very common. Most people have experienced it themselves or lost sleep due to a partner's snoring. Approximately half of adults snore occasionally, while a quarter of the adult population snores regularly. Men snore more often than women. The sound of snoring ranges from quiet snuffles to loud, hoarse rasps and snorts. Snoring frequency and volume increases with age. People snore because their breathing is obstructed in some way. Obstruction may result from temporary conditions such as respiratory illness or allergies, but continuous snoring canindicate an underlying health issue.
Two common symptoms of snoring are pauses in breathing during sleep and daytime sleepiness. People may feel tired because their sleep is interrupted by gasping, coughing, wheezing, and frequent trips to the bathroom. A lack of restful sleep contributes to depression, anxiety, mood swings, and poor concentration at work or school. Snoring throughout the night may lead to morning headaches, an upset stomach, dry mouth, or a sore throat. Long-term symptoms of snoring include tooth decay, high blood pressure, or chest pain.
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