Snoring is a sound that is caused by vibrations in the throat which make a loud buzzing sound. So, how common is snoring? Everyone has the ability to snore. Sometimes people who are not regular snorers will snore after consuming alcohol, after taking certain medications, or after getting over a viral infection. Snoring can be difficult for you to live with, as well as your bedmate or sleeping partner. Snoring can disrupt sleep, making you more sleepy and irritable during the day, and making it difficult for you to function at home, work, or school.
When we sleep, we go through several stages of sleep. The two major stages are rapid eye movement and non-rapid eye movement. Snoring is most common in REM sleep. During this stage of sleep, the brain sends a message to all your muscles that it is now time to relax. However, your tongue and your throat may collapse during relaxation and cause the airway to become skinnier which in turn causes snoring.