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NameSnoring & Sleep Apnoea
DescriptionSnoring is a sign that breathing is being obstructed during sleep. The typical sound you hear is actually the sound of the walls of the throat, the roof of the mouth and the base of the tongue vibrating. Normally, when you lie down and sleep the muscles behind the tongue that hold the throat open relax and collapse on themselves. This leads to the airway narrowing and restricting the airflow in and out of the lungs. In most people, this narrowing has no effect and goes unnoticed. However, in others this narrowing becomes too much and leads to snoring. If the muscles completely collapse, no air can pass through and the person stops breathing altogether. This condition is called obstructive sleep apnoea. Fortunately, the body has a natural mechanism which detects this and forces you to wake up before you suffocate. However, this becomes an ongoing cycle of suffocation and waking, happening hundreds of times a night without you realising it.
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