Snoring is a common condition that occurs to men and women of all ages, although it occurs more often in men and in people who are overweight. While snoring can be a mild disorder, it can also be the sign of a dangerous medical condition.

Snoring generally gets worse as we get older. Forty-five percent of adults snore occasionally, while 25 percent are “habitual” snorers. Occasional snoring is usually not very serious and does not occur throughout the entire night.

Habitual snorers not only interrupt the sleep of those close to them, they also disturb their own. Habitual snorers snore whenever they sleep and are often tired when they wake up. They usually need medical help to get good sleep.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/25/2014.


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