Snoring is a very common problem. Often it gives rise to a lot of disharmony in the bedroom, with partners ending up sleeping in separate rooms. It also causes unrefreshing sleep and tiredness during the day.
A common cause of snoring is when the tissues in the back of the throat become loose and floppy, such that they collapse backwards when you lie flat and vibrate as you breathe. As the condition develops, the floppy tissues can block the airway to cause sleep apnoea (stopping breathing for periods during sleep.)
Severe sleep apnoea, with long and frequent gaps in normal breathing overnight, can cause serious health risks. Treatments can include weight loss, mandibular splints and CPAP machines.