Why do we snore?

Snoring is a common condition. Almost everyone snores occasionally, but studies show that about one-quarter of us snore regularly. Snoring, of course, is irritating to others, but what is lesser known is that snoring can be a serious health hazard.

When you sleep, your entire body relaxes. Usually snoring occurs when the lower jaw (mandible) also relaxes and then moves back. This action restricts the airway and allows the tongue to fall back onto the soft tissue at the back of the throat. The resulting vibration is the snoring noise.

Blocked respiration causes snoring.