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Snoring is very common and is more likely the older you are.

  • Among 30–35 year-olds, about 20% of men and 5% of women snore regularly.
  • By the age of 60 years, about 60% of men and 40% of women snore regularly.

Snoring may be a sign of disturbed sleep, meaning you are less alert during the day. Lots of couples row about snoring, and often sleep in separate rooms because of it. Sharing a bed with a snorer can seriously affect the partner’s sleep; this was proved by a study in America (reported in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings 1999;74:939–66), which showed that when snoring was eliminated, the bed partners got an extra hour of sleep each night.

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Saturday, February 13th 2010


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Posted by Optional on 05/01/2016 at 02:07

Forget the gizmos; this is the absolute cure for Snoring - See more at:

Posted by Optional on 24/07/2015 at 06:39

hi I'm 11 and I snore so load and I grind my teeth when I can I not do this.

Posted by Stacey h on 31/01/2015 at 02:40

Since the birth of my 3rd child and about 50 pound heavier I have noticed and also my husband that I snore...I even feel myself stop breathing. ..Here lately it has gotten extremely worse. ..I know I snore but my husband says it is so unbearable he sleeps on the opposite end...I work full time....have three kids ages 19 13 and 7 and I go to school full time...I know I am over weight but not extremely well I thought. ...I am 5'6 and weight 202...I was 169 before my last child. ..I feel bad that my husband can't sleep but I am the one who feels so tired all the tine. ..any advise besides lose weight I know I need to do that

Posted by monica on 23/11/2014 at 12:24

i am 21 year old and 115 lb and snore too much. what to do?

Posted by Optional on 27/08/2014 at 11:22

I am 13 and I snore every night. I am a very loud snorer and also a very heavy sleeper. I longer go to sleepovers at others houses or have them at my house because I am too embarrassed after a certain incident at a party/sleepover with boys. Please give me any tips possible as I am being very left out and need help.

Posted by Optional on 20/08/2014 at 01:30

Losing weight is a big help. My husband lost 10 pounds and he snores MUCH less.

Posted by Optional on 24/02/2014 at 06:40

I'm A 17 yearold female and I snore really loud.

Posted by Optional on 14/04/2013 at 10:29

Hi i'm 13, apparently I snore, but my dad said i snore at talking level (noise wise). It can get embarrassing at sleepovers and stuff. What should I do?

Posted by Snoring Remedies on 28/12/2011 at 05:16

I am still in mid-20's and I am already have a noring problems. I am really ashamed join any sleep over to my friends because I don't wanna let them know I suffering this kind of problem. I actually need a snore aids or any solution to stop this. Nice to see this post, thanks for the recommendation.

Posted by Optional on 16/10/2011 at 06:28

i am 17 years old and i snore all the time, i also snore quite loud, is this normal or should i speak to my doctor? would be good if i get a response, thanks :)

Posted by Mr A. Nonamous on 12/07/2011 at 03:35

im 22, and i snore occasionally but apparently i snore in any position, on my side, front or back! many partners have tried rolling me over to stop me snoring but i roll back to cuddle them and snore in their ear....apparently :/ is this a normal thing... snoring no matter what?

Posted by ED on 26/03/2011 at 12:44

I used a over-the-counter nasal spray YSNORE and it works in stopping my snoring. I hope to share with others.

Posted by david on 09/03/2011 at 07:35

i have this snoring problem and it affects the sleep of my partner and we often sleep in seperate rooms.Can something be done about this problem.

Posted by Optional on 01/03/2011 at 11:39

Ear plugs is not a great idea- long term use can cause tinitus and increase sound awareness to the point where you can hear every noise and cannot sleep because ot it- personal experience. Mouthguards an option or sleep clinic bottom line is fat around the neck - lose weight and give up booze.

Posted by Optional on 07/02/2011 at 08:49

Get the other person to wear earplugs. Problem solved.

Posted by wide awake on 02/02/2011 at 07:52

My wife has snored for years, never bothered me before as I slept in a truck and came home 2 days in 14, driving me insane at the moment as on when in bed on her own, silence, but the moment by backside touches the bed, she's off snoring for the Olympics. I get up and she stops. Separate bedrooms on the horizon.

Posted by Snoring is ruining my life!!! on 26/01/2011 at 04:43

I think snoring is a very cruel condition. Unfortunately I snore, it is ruining my 8 year relationship with my fiancee who is threatening to leave me because the lack of sleep is ruining our lives - its awful and whats worse I cannot control it - I have no power over it whatso ever. In the last 6 weeks I think I have slept in my own bed 5 times - other nights I sleep on the sofa - crying myself to sleep - if I get any sleep at all - its making me completely miserable! And Ive een to the doctor who is not interested and says there is nothing I can do - its awful!

Posted by snory mcsnorason on 05/01/2011 at 06:17

i snore very frequently and very loudly and it is like an elephants fart.the cure for snoring is snoring strips. ( if you stick them down to hard it rips skin off. OUCH!)

Posted by Ysnore on 02/09/2010 at 02:38

I just want to share that I used a product call YSNORE that stops me snoring. I spray into my nose before bedtime and both my wife and me enjoy a quiet night sleep. Hope it helps others. You can get more information on thier web

Posted by ED on 20/08/2010 at 09:05

I used a products in Singapore call YSNORE. It is anti snoring nasal spray that use before bedtime by spraying into my nostrial, and it works wonder. Quiet night sleep every night. It is a natural products and I am not afraid that it would have any side effects at all. And it can be purchase over the counter at pharmacies retail. Their website is for those snorers who like more information. Hope this will help others.

Posted by Gaynor on 26/05/2010 at 10:43

Great information on this site thank you for sharing. Most people associate snoring with men, but it happens to women too. I found a a fantastic medical device called Snorekil its a mouth guard with a difference. It moulds to your shape mouth, based on the very expensive option which dentists carry out. Snorekil is only £49 which has been worth every penny

Posted by Optional on 10/03/2010 at 10:30

is snoring a course for lack of interest in sex

Posted by Optional on 03/03/2010 at 01:07

wear one of them nose things


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Fascinating facts

41.5% of the UK population snore (British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association)

In the UK, there are about 15 million snorers - 10.4 million males and 4.5 million females (British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association)

A study at the University of Erlangen, Germany, found that many young people snore; 61% of medical students (both male and female) have been told so by their partners

Snoring is said to have been useful to primitive man, frightening away predators at night

Churchill and Mussolini were both famous snorers

A doctor at the University of Minnesota, USA, found that the snores of 12% of people referred to his clinic exceeded 55 decibels - the maximum legal outdoor night-time noise in Minnesota. "They could get arrested for disturbing the peace - that's how loud the noise is," he said

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