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What is Snoring?

Snoring can be defined as the rhythmic noise a patient makes when they inhale or exhale in the absence of any apnea, hypopneas, choking or waking.


Snoring occurs in 10 – 50 % of western populations. It has been suggested that this

prevalence increases up to the age of 60 years of age and then decreases after that.  It is

more common in males than females, and increases with obesity, sinus issues, anatomical

abnormalities and ethnicity.


If the patient exhibits a constant rhythmic sound, similar to sawing wood, this may indicate a

snoring problem. Although not medically life threatening in itself, snoring is certainly life

disturbing to the sleep partner as well other members of the family.