Snoring may be the focus of some jokes and cartoons, but for people who snore and those who live with them, it is not a laughing matter. Snoring reduces the length and quality of sleep for the snorer, his or her bed partner, and sometimes the entire household. Snoring is a common problem among all ages and both men and women. Approximately 90 million American adults snore, 37 million on a regular basis. Some causes of snoring are temporary such as pregnancy or upper respiratory distress caused by a cold or the flu. Persistent snoring needs to be addressed, and there are many remedies. Some require making minor changes; others require medical intervention.
Snoring is one of those things that most people think happens. It's estimated that 25% of all Americans routinely snore. Some people have snored their entire life, while others never snore. What many don't realize is that if the snoring is the result of obstructive sleep apnea, the nightly snoring could be putting their lives at risk.
It's a feeling some of us know all too well: congested, stuffy, obstructed breathing that leaves you gulping air through your mouth and struggling to sleep through the night. If your nose is perpetually "stuffed" — but you don't have a cold or allergies — then you've probably looked everywhere for a solution.