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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What makes someone more likely to snore?

Snoring is more common in men, older adults, and people who are overweight. You are more likely to snore after you drink alcohol or take medicines that make you drowsy or relaxed. Women are more likely to snore in the later stages of pregnancy. You are more likely to snore if you have a cold, stuffy nose, or throat problems, such as tonsillitis. A deviated septum can also cause snoring. The septum is in the middle of the nose and divides your nostrils. A septum that is deviated is not in the correct place.

How is the cause of snoring diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your sleep pattern and snoring. You may need a sleep study. This is an overnight test that checks for problems with breathing while you sleep.

What can I do to snore less?

When should I call my doctor?

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