A partial obstruction in the airway that causes a loud or harsh sound can occur as you sleep.
This is referred to as snoring. When the flow of air makes tissues in the back of your throat vibrate, you are snoring. Snoring can occur in any stage of the sleep cycle and when you are breathing in air, which can come through the nose, mouth or a combination of the two.
Snoring can often be worse when you are sleeping on your back, when you have consumed alcohol or other depressants.
Congestions from allergies, sickness, cold, or the flu can also exacerbate snoring.
Snoring can often irritate and disrupt your bed partner, nearby roommates, or your children’s sleep.
Snoring can often be a symptom of sleep apnea. The best way to find out is through a sleep study.