Snoring is a sound resulting from turbulent airflow. Airflow becomes turbulent when the area at the back of the throat becomes obstructed, narrowed or crowded during sleep. Air passing through this smaller opening causes the surrounding tissues to vibrate, which in turn can cause the sounds of snoring. All snoring indicates the presence of obstruction at one or more locations in the airway.
Statistics on snoring are often contradictory, but at least 30% of adults and perhaps as many as 50% of people in some demographics snore. One survey identified habitual snoring in 24% of men and 13.8% of women, rising to 60% of men and 40% of women aged 60 to 65 years; this suggests an increased susceptibility to snoring as age increases.
Habitual loud breathing sounds or snoring while asleep without episodes of apnea (cessation of breath), significant reduction in oxygen levels or frequently disturbed sleep. Primary snoring can only be diagnosed by undergoing a sleep study interpreted by a qualified physician. It is absolutely necessary to rule out obstructive sleep apnea or other sleep disorders.
The goals for the treatment of Primary Snoring may be difficult to determine. Primary snoring may not be a medical problem, but it can become a significant social problem for the snorer and sleep problem for the bed partner. Therefore, successful treatment should also include the goal of achieving a successful night's sleep for the bed partner or roommate.