Saturday, February 12, 2011

Do any animals besides people snore

Yes, some animals do snore, according to anecdotal reports and personal observations.
Just a few snorers that zookeepers and pet owners have observed are dogs, gorillas and bears.
The mechanism of snoring in these mammals probably resembles what happens in people.
In human beings, snoring is noisy breathing through the open mouth produced by vibration of the soft palate, the back part of the separation between the oral and nasal cavities.
It is more common while people are sleeping on the back, as the lower jaw tends to drop open.
Snoring is encouraged by anything that hinders breathing through the nose.

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