Does someone you love keep you up at night sawing logs? Perhaps you are the “wood chuck” in your household, in either case snoring is most often a harsh and loud sound people make when they sleep due vibrations at the back of your throat. Snoring happens during all stages of sleep and the noise may come from your mouth, nose or both. Experts say about 50% of humans will snore at one time or another in their life. Though women do snore, it is a more common problem in men and it tends to run in families. Who knew snoring could be an inherited trait? As people age snoring becomes more common, with 40% of men and 24% of women being regular snorers. There is an interesting fact after age 70 men are less likely to snore. What causes snoring? Well, several things can create the problem from cold and allergy congestion to using alcohol or other depressants. Anything that allows the throat to relax can lead to snoring. Sleeping on your back can be a contributing factor as well. How many times have you heard an individual swear they do not snore? This is because most of the time they never hear themselves. The loud rumbling and snorting can be quite a problem for others however and in severe snoring cases you may actually wake yourself up! Another sign of snoring is waking up with an irritated throat or dry mouth. Your overall sleep quality may not suffer if you are a light snorer, however, heavy snoring can be a sign of bigger problems. Obstructive sleep apnea is a common diagnosis in individuals that snore loudly. This is a serious sleep disorder that can lead to health issues such as diabetes, stroke or heart disease. Sleep Apnea or Simple Snoring Snoring in an of itself does not diagnose sleep apnea, plenty of people snore and do not have this issue. Sleep apnea is a condition where you actually stop breathing temporarily while you sleep, this is a serious sleep disorder. If you are snoring, choking, gasping and feel exhausted during the day despite getting a full nights sleep, you should talk to your physician about obstructive sleep apnea. Your doctor may want to send you to a specialist for a sleep study, though there are tests that can be conducted in the comfort of your own home. The good news is apnea has several treatment options including surgery, oral appliance, and CPAP machines. The best mattress in the world is not a cure for sleep apnea, but once you have that condition under control, finding a comfortable, non-toxic mattress may be another step forward to a great night’s sleep. Let Sleep Made to Measure, organic latex mattress and custom made pillows help you to find the best night’s sleep you’ve had in years.