Snoring is one of the most common sleep conditions that involve noisy breathing caused by vibration of relaxed soft tissues of the nose, soft palate or pharynx while sleeping, and is generally regarded as a first sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It is believed to be common among adults, with as much as 30% of adults aged 30 and above suffer from the phenomena. It is considered a health risk in the long run, as it leads to deprived oxygenation state during sleep and found to be the main factor in increased cardiac atherosclerosis, stoke and even death.
Snoring can be the result of many factors, such as obesity, alcohol or other sedative abuse, muscular degeneration as a result of old age or muscular dystrophy, obstruction of nasal cavity by the tongue/tonsil/oral plate and more. It is found to increase with age and to be more common among men.
The type of snoring treatment depends upon the condition persisting and the cause of the snoring pattern. For example, snoring as a result of the tonsils and adenoid regions is often solved by mandibular splints, while those caused by nasal cavity collapse are often treated by the application of nasal strips or dilators.
It is believed that 90 million American adults snore with some frequency, while 37 million do it on a regular basis, or 12% of the American population.