A normal case of snoring isn't life threatening but it can be a sign of other more serious conditions such as Sleep Apnea
While people sleep, the muscles in the jaw relax which allows the tongue to block the airway used for breathing. When you try to breath while you sleep, the smaller passage causes turbulence. The vibrations caused shake your palette, nose, throat, and mouth.
Snoring can be caused by a throat not open wide enough, a jaw that isn't in the correct position, something blocking the nasal passage, or fat that has collected around the throat.
It is estimated that 30 - 50% of people in America snore or have snored. People who suffer from snoring problems find that it has a direct effect on their lives. People who address their snoring problems find that they are able breath better while they sleep. They wake up feeling more rested than they have in years. Getting a good nights rest is good for your heart and body.
If you have lived with a snorer, you know the impact it has on you and the people around the snorer. People who have researched the issue of snoring have found that controlling a case of snoring can improve relationships. The snorer may not realize how much their snoring is depriving the people around them a solid night of sleep.
Sleep Apnea is the cessation of breathing while someone is trying to sleep.
The brain tries to wake you to get you to start breathing again when your oxygen level gets too low. You wake up with a gasp or loud snort which happens over and over in a night, it is very difficult to get a solid nights sleep. The lack of oxygen to the brain can also lead to very serious health problems like elevated blood pressure, heart disease, sexual dysfunction, stokes and heart attacks.
People who suffer from sleep apnea often don't know they have a problem. They probably are informed by a partner that they aren't sleeping well, not breathing well, and are waking up suddenly in the night. Sleep apnea sufferers usually don't know they are waking up often throughout the night. A disruption in your sleeping pattern can leave you drowsy throughout your day. It can also disrupt the sleeping pattern of the person sleeping next to you.
Treating Sleep apnea may also help to alleviate teeth clenching or grinding (sleep bruxism).