Roughly 90 million Americans snore, and 37 million snore regularly, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
That chainsaw noise is a result of vibrations in your airways while you sleep. As your muscles relax during the night, airflow can become restricted, causing more vibrations of the tongue, tonsils and other parts of the mouth and throat, according to Scientific American.
Snoring is often a symptom of disordered sleep, writes Dr. Michael J. Breus, certified sleep specialist and HuffPost blogger. It can lead to lack of sleep if it consistently wakes you up in the middle of the night. But snoring may also be a sign of sleep apnea, a serious condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep as frequently as once a minute. Sleep apnea has been linked with a host of health effects, like obesity, depression and, just this week, an increased risk of dying of cancer.
Men are more likely to snore, as are people who are overweight, but no one is immune, not even the rich and famous. Click through the slideshow below to see 11 stars who snore.
The NBA great appeared in a short video from the Harvard Medical School's Division of Sleep Medicine with <a href="http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/blog/dailydose/2011/05/shaq_discusses.html" target="_hplink">girlfriend Nikki "Hoopz" Alexander</a> <a href="http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/sleep-apnea" target="_hplink">discussing his snoring and sleep apnea</a>. "I don't know if I snore because I don't hear myself," he said. "Oh, he hears himself, because sometimes he wakes himself up," Alexander countered.
The Disney star's 2007 nose job was met with loads of criticism, but Tisdale maintains that she had the work done to fix a deviated septum and two previous fractures. Her nose had been so blocked, she told People.com, that <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20174328,00.html" target="_hplink">"I'd snore and wake myself up,"</a> she said.
The actor reportedly snores so loudly that he converted a spare room into a <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/8614876/Hollywood-stars-invest-in-snoring-rooms.html" target="_hplink">sound-proof "snoratorium,"</a> so wife Katie Holmes could get some sleep, the <em>Telegraph</em> reported. <br><br> "Whoever uses the snoring room <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2010908/Snoratorium-Tom-Cruises-sound-proofed-refuge-gives-Kate-Holmes-good-nights-sleep.html" target="_hplink">cannot be heard outside</a> the locked door," a visitor told the <em>Daily Mail</em>.
The TV personality told the <em>New York Times</em> in 2011 that she and her husband also have a snoring room, although she tried to play down the fact that she is likely the guilty party. "It's not necessarily for my husband," she told the <em>Times</em>. "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/magazine/judge-judy-has-her-day-in-court.html" target="_hplink">I've been told that I snore</a>, although I can't hear myself."
Before there was Kate, Prince William shared a home with younger brother Harry off of their British military base. But it wasn't smooth sailing, according to People.com. "This is the first time and the last time we will be living together," Prince Harry told the website. But William was equally displeased. "He <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20285907,00.html" target="_hplink">snores a lot</a>," he said of his younger brother. "He keeps me up all night long."
When the actress shed 40 pounds she found she had more energy, enjoyed outdoor exercise and wanted to run a marathon. But one benefit of the slim down she wasn't expecting? She <a href="http://online.prevention.com/valerie-bertinelli/list/8.shtml" target="_hplink">stopped snoring</a>, she told <em>Prevention</em>.
The rocker's music is a far cry from a lullaby, but then-girlfriend (and later fiancée) actress Evan Rachel Wood told People.com that <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20051621,00.html" target="_hplink">his snoring</a> had calming, sleep-inducing qualities.
Musician and actor Kevin Jonas allegedly <a href="http://www.intouchweekly.com/2010/05/jonas_marriage_drama.php" target="_hplink">snores so loudly</a> that his wife Danielle sleeps in another room, a friend of the couple told <em>In Touch Weekly</em>. "Kevin and Danielle had never spent a night together until their wedding night, so she had no clue that he snores so loudly," the source said.
The professional dancer and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/09/dancing-with-the-stars-health-weight-loss_n_1411588.html" target="_hplink">"Dancing with the Stars"</a> contestant's then-boyfriend Mario Lopez <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20163578,00.html" target="_hplink">told her she snored</a>, she told People.com, reportedly due to fracturing her nose twice.
The former president <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6272372.stm" target="_hplink">snored so loudly</a> patients at a Washington hospital had to be moved to another floor during his stay so they could sleep undisturbed, the BBC reported.
The Argentinian soccer star kept his teammate Juan Sebastian Veron awake when the two shared a room during the 2010 World Cup. "He's a good roommate," Veron told the <em>Telegraph</em>. "A small problem is that <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/world-cup-2010/7802536/World-Cup-2010-Lionel-Messi-and-Juan-Sebastian-Veron-reveal-key-to-success.html" target="_hplink">he snores a lot</a>, but that can be resolved with a pillow."
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