Snoring happens when something is blocking the airways, anywhere between the tip of the nose to the lungs. It's very common, and although it can be noisy for people living with you, it's usually not a serious problem.
One of the most common causes of snoring is when your soft palate (the soft part of the roof of your mouth) vibrates as you're breathing in. It can happen when the muscles that keep the airways open become too relaxed or there is too much tissue nearby, curbing air flow.
By Jared Miller
The Rumor: When faced with a problem, 'sleeping on it' will help you make the right call
At some point or another, we’ve all had to make a difficult decision. One of the most commonly offered pieces of advice is to “sleep on it.” So, is that a good idea, or is it actually just an excuse to procrastinate?
The Verdict: Sleep really can help you make better decisions
What may seem like an impossible problem could actually have a clear solution after you get a few hours...
If you think you have sleep apnea, ask your doctor for a referral to a sleep lab, where they can check to see if you need a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine to help you breathe steadily while you sleep. If you're overweight, losing extra pounds may help, too.