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Making a variety of noises when exhaling during sleep.

About 40% of the population snore. At best it is a nuisance but at worst it can give rise to serious medical problems. Invariably snoring occurs whilst sleeping on one's back and it is caused by a temporary blockage of the airways by the soft tissues at the back of the throat. More modern methods involve the fitting of appliances in the mouth to prevent the soft tissues obstructing the airway.

In exceptional circumstances surgery may be required. There are a number of dental surgeons who specialise in treating snorers.