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Snoring Volume: Just How Loud Can It Get?

Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Thu 02/23/2023 - 09:00
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If you or a loved one snore, it probably sounds loud. But how loud can snoring actually get? Here, Dr. Ivan Stein and Dr. Allan Stein of New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions discuss snoring volume.

What Is Snoring?

If you or a loved one snore, you are not alone. Snoring is a common condition. It is characterized by a loud, audible noise emitted while a person is sleeping. It happens when the airway in the throat is partially blocked. The blockage prevents the free flow of air. When air travels down the narrow space in the throat, the soft palate vibrates, causing the snoring noise.

A blockage in the airway can interfere with breathing and quality sleep. This can be detrimental to a person’s health. Snoring may also be indicative of other sleep disorders, including sleep apnea.

How Is Sound Measured?

In order to know how loud a person’s snoring is, the sound must be measured. Sound is measured in decibels. A decibel is a unit used to measure the intensity of a sound. On a decibel scale, near complete silence is zero decibels. A whisper is around 15 decibels. A normal conversation is around 60 decibels. A sound that is 85 decibels or higher can cause hearing loss.

Just How Loud Can Snoring Get?

Not all snoring is created equal. There is a great variation in the sound of snores. Some people may have quiet snores while others may have very loud snores. The loudest snores on record, according to the Guinness World Records, belong to a person who suffered from sleep apnea. The snores were recorded at peak levels of 93 decibels. There have also been reports of a woman with snores as loud as 111.6 decibels.

Snoring Treatment Options

Loud snoring can be more than just an annoyance for others trying to sleep. Snoring is actually linked to other health issues. One study linked snoring intensity to the severity of obstructive sleep apnea.

If you are snoring you should discuss your treatment options with your doctor. The first step to treating your snoring is scheduling a snoring consultation.

Schedule a Snoring Consultation

If you or a loved one is snoring it is time to schedule a snoring consultation with New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions in West Orange. Dr. Ivan Stein and Dr. Allan Stein can evaluate your snoring and provide you with treatment options. For a snoring consultation with New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions, please call (855) 949-7667.