Snoring is it natural or a disease?

April 10, 2007 9:16am CST
I feel disturb when someone sleeping next to me snors. What causes snoring? Is it natural and normal to snore or is it a health problem?
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• United States
12 Apr 07
You might need to rephrase your question, considering that diseases -are- natural. What i think your asking is whether or not it's a health problem or just something some people do. A disease would be something that someone is genetically predisposed to, or a deficiency of some essential amino acid, vitamin, etc. Now snoring is usually not that big of a deal, but sometimes its a symptom of sleep apnea, which can be -extremely- serious for some people. It's a cause of insomnia for not only those around the sleeper, but since constantly the sleeper is being woken up from their own lack of air that there's always a chance of actually suffocating in their sleep! There are treatments for it however, a mildly invasive surgery that carries little risk, as well as several medicinal cures i think.
• United States
12 Apr 07
Wow...I really should learn to read through things before I make my own posts, hmmm? Good points there ^_^
@kyutstudph (1263)
• Philippines
16 Jul 07
Sleep apnea is more common in men. One out of 25 middle-aged men and 1 out of 50 middle-aged women have sleep apnea that causes them to be very sleepy during the day. Sleep apnea is more common in African Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders than in Caucasians. If someone in your family has sleep apnea, you are more likely to develop it than someone without a family history of the condition. Obstructive sleep apnea can also occur in children who snore. If your child snores, you should discuss it with your child’s doctor or health care provider. Adults who are most likely to have sleep apnea: Snore loudly. Are overweight. Have high blood pressure. Have a decreased size of the airways in their nose, throat, or mouth. This can be caused by the shape of these structures or by medical conditions causing congestion in these areas, such as hay fever or other allergies. Have a family history of sleep apnea.
• United States
12 Apr 07
It can honestly be both, unfortunately. See, snoring can be caused by blockage of sinuses, or your tonsils swelling up which can be life threatening, and just from the general way you sleep at night. Snoring is what doctors use to help diagnose sleep apnea, which is where you stop breathing in your sleep, and hopefully wake yourself up and start breathing again. Your tonsils usually are swollen, yet not hurting, and blocking the breathing tubes, keeping you from being able to sleep properly.
@Island_Geko (3760)
• Canada
11 Apr 07
Snoring - Snoring Who does it?
Snoring is not just a social embarrassment and a nuisance to your sleeping partner. Snoring can also have serious health consequences.Snoring severe enough to cause sleeplessness can lead to daytime drowsiness. Some researchers see snoring as a condition similar to high blood pressure. Physicians took hypertension less seriously before researchers doing long-term studies of large groups linked it to heart disease and learned that treating it could reduce heart-disease risk.
@mykykko (424)
• Philippines
10 Apr 07
it is natural to snore while sleeping specially when you are tired.but if you snore everytime you sleep i would advice you to visit your doctor because there are many types of sleeping habits that is not good for our body.
@jc_star10 (954)
• Indonesia
10 Apr 07
Snoring is not a disease. It's just a habit, if you want to say it. That happens when you are sleeping without closing your mouth, and the air you breath in goes directly to lung and it produce voice. That's what i heard. Usually if you hear someone is snoring next to you, you can try by flipping their body to other position.