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What is the difference between breathing loudly and snoring?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Ask your partner

There may be no difference to your bed partner if it is keeping them up! snoring is usually caused by the palate and uvula vibrating in the back of your throat.
Noisy breathing could be related to nasal issues like allergies, a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates.

In brief: Ask your partner

There may be no difference to your bed partner if it is keeping them up! snoring is usually caused by the palate and uvula vibrating in the back of your throat.
Noisy breathing could be related to nasal issues like allergies, a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates.
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Mike Deldar
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Snoring

Is vibration of muscles and ligament due to obstruction.
Heavy snoring can be also indication of sleep apnea since you try to force the air in and out. Try to have consult with sleep physician.

In brief: Snoring

Is vibration of muscles and ligament due to obstruction.
Heavy snoring can be also indication of sleep apnea since you try to force the air in and out. Try to have consult with sleep physician.
Dr. Mike Deldar
Dr. Mike Deldar
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In brief: Not much difference

Both breathing loudly and snoring are signs that the air is moving through too small of a passage - the energy required makes the tissue vibrate, causing snoring sounds, or make some sort of sound, called 'heavy breathing'.
You may also have sleep apnea. Ask some questions to your doctor or dentist - having a sleep test will tell if you have a serious medical problem.

In brief: Not much difference

Both breathing loudly and snoring are signs that the air is moving through too small of a passage - the energy required makes the tissue vibrate, causing snoring sounds, or make some sort of sound, called 'heavy breathing'.
You may also have sleep apnea. Ask some questions to your doctor or dentist - having a sleep test will tell if you have a serious medical problem.
Dr. Stephen Carstensen
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