The sound of snoring has long been regarded as a sign of deep, peaceful slumber. However, experts warn that snoring not only harms one's own health but could also put the lives of others at risk.

Your muscles relax when you sleep, but sometimes the throat muscles become too relaxed, partially blocking your airway and producing a snore.

We all snore from time to time (we're more likely to do it when intoxicated or exhausted), but some people snore nightly -- and loudly. The snoring is interrupted regularly by brief periods of silence. While these lulls may come as a relief to anyone who has to put up with the noise, they are actually a dangerous sign, indicating that the sleeper's airway is completely obstructed.