Snoring is a sound that occurs when the soft tissues of the upper airway vibrate while sleeping. It usually occurs during inhalation but can also occur during exhalation. Snoring is indicative of increased upper airway resistance and collapsibility of the pharynx. The majority of people have snored at one point or another in their lifetime; but at what point is snoring a sign of something more serious? When snoring is ongoing or chronic it should be professionally evaluated by a physician certified in sleep medicine.
There are many advertised treatments for snoring including: nasal strips, nasal or mouth devices, and even surgery. Unfortunately these rarely treat the likely underlying cause which is sleep apnea. The most effective way to rule out sleep apnea as the cause of snoring is with a sleep test.