Snoring is where a person makes a grunting, snorting or rattling noise when they breathe during sleep.  Normally the sound is caused by vibrations of soft tissue in your head and neck as you breathe during sleep. While you sleep, your airways relax and narrow which affects air pressure within your airways and causes the tissue to vibrate.  This can also occur if your airways are partially blocked for example if you have a cold.

Some people snore infrequently and don’t make a loud sound, whilst others may snore regularly and be loud enough to be heard in the next room. Often people who snore may not be aware of it as they are asleep and not affected by it. This may not be the case for the person they sleep with or who is near as it may disturb them if the sound is very loud.

Snoring is very common, as many as one in four people in England snore regularly. Snoring can affect people of all ages, including children, although it’s more common in adults aged 40-60. It is believed that twice as many men snore than women.


There are different reasons for snoring but in most cases, snoring is caused by vibrations of soft tissues in the throat when breathing during sleep.  When snoring is excessive, it can disturb sleep and lead to health issues like extreme tiredness and reduced concentration in the daytime.


Regular snoring is a problem that affects up to one in four people, and it can be a great source of misery, for both  the snorer and their partner.


Our Advice

  • Keeping control of your weight as overweight people are more likely to snore because their airways are squashed by fat deposits.
  • Reducing alcohol consumption especially before bedtime.
  • Stopping smoking as smoke irritates the soft tissue of the nose and throat.
  • Sleeping on your side or on your front.
  • Using a Liposome-based lubricating spray designed to reduce or eliminate snoring noise.
  • Snorers suffering from the particular sleep condition Sleep Apnoea may need to consult their doctor.
  • If you are uncertain of what causes your snoring and the remedies that are available, ask our pharmacist for advice.

Products we recommend for this condition are:

  • Breathe Right Clear Nasal Strips Regular / Large 10s - Opens nasal passages to relieve nasal congestion due to colds and allergies.  Effective tool for managing night-time congestion and improving sleep.  Lifts and opens your nasal passages.  Opens your nose up to 38% more than decongestant sprays alone.  Can be used by people 5 years and older.  For sensitive skin.  For external use only.  Do not use over sores, sunburned or irritated skin. Not recommended for children under 5 years. Always read the label. Keep out of reach of children.

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