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The Ted-Ed lesson that viewers are about to see was written by Alayna Vaughan, directed by Rémi Cans of Boniato Studio, and animated by Andy Redwood.

Pen-Pen Chen is the narrator and you are sure to enjoy their explanation for this common question. Why do some people snore so much more loudly than others? Is there a reasonable answer to this query?

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As it turns out, there certainly is. They start by explaining some of the past remedies that were used to address this problem. They said in the video below:

“A leather mask that clamps the mouth shut. A cannonball sewn into a soldier’s uniform. A machine that delivers sudden electrical pulses. These were all treatments for a problem that has haunted humanity for millennia: snoring. It might seem harmless, but snoring can be a sign of something more dangerous. So, what exactly causes snoring?”

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From there, Chen explains the issue in further detail. Snoring is caused by obstructed airways and can be more pronounced in those who have certain physical traits. Those who have small jaws or thick necks are more likely to experience snoring-related difficulties. Weight, sleeping positions, and the consumption of alcohol are also common factors that will have a profound effect on snoring.

“Most of us will snore at some point in our lives. But loud, chronic snoring is one sign of a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. It affects about a quarter of all adults, but it’s estimated that around 80% of people who suffer from it aren’t aware they have it. This is especially troublesome because it can lead to serious cardiovascular issues. Obstructive sleep apnea is usually caused by blockages in the airway and is mainly characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep,” the video explains.

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That’s why so many will work to reduce their weight and refrain from drinking alcohol before they head to bed. Others may make sure that their head is properly elevated when it is time to sleep as well.

Unfortunately, these solutions do not always work. In these instances, it will probably be in the best interests of all parties involved to invest in a pair of noise-canceling headphones. If you would like to learn more about the ins and outs of snoring and the common causes for this issue, please be sure to take a closer look at this video: