Almost no one is alien to snoring. Statistics point out that at least 45 percent of all normal adults snore occasionally, out of which 25 percent are habitual snorers.
This means if one does not snore herself, she has definitely been exposed to the condition at one time or another either because of a snoring spouse, parent, relative or friend. It may come across as shocking, but the relation between divorces and snoring as a reason cited for the relationship problem may be higher than we believe. Apart from the personal and social bane, snoring is often a pointer to serious health conditions and is a health problem in itself.
Snoring as we know is the sound caused during sleeping by the obstruction of the air movement due to the vibration in the respiratory structure of the person snoring. However, there are a multitude of other reasons that could be the culprit for snoring, such as the narrowing of the airway brought about by anomalies of the uvula and pharynx structure in the throat, or due to poor sleep posture.
Otolaryngologists (ENT Specialists) also point to factors such as:
Heredity, especially with respect to throat structure such as enlarged adenoids or a narrow throat
Use of alcohol, cigarettes and relaxant drugs that cause the tongue to move back into the mouth while sleeping
Suffering from asthma, allergies or sinus infections
Fat build-up inside and around the throat
The closure of the throat passage during sleep due to the weakness of the throat muscles to stay open
Studies have also shown that with increase of age, the incidence of snoring become greater for the same sample group. (Source: Study name- Epidemiological data on snoring and cardiocirculatory disturbances. Researchers- Lugaresi E., Cirignotta F., Coccoagna G. et al. (1980), Sleep 3, 221–224.)
Diagnosis of snoring is for obvious reasons made by a partner/spouse who hears and is affected by the condition of the patient during her/his sleeping hours.