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Snoring On The Exhale

by Grant Neel
(Oklahoma City)

I'm a male in my 40's and have snored moderately for most of my adult life with no issues with sleeping or complaints of loud snoring. About 6 years ago my snoring changed from the more typical snoring on the inhale, to a snore while exhaling. I rationalized this behavior and considered it an advantage and aid to propel my stage or depth of sleep.

Until recently, I didn't consider that this type of snoring could have a significant impact on my blood gas ratios while sleeping. Active Internet research reveals practically no distinction of snoring on inhale or exhale, yet it seems the two would have distinct outcomes. Likening the habit to Pursed-lip breathing for COPD therapy, I must admit the chronic cough I had most of my life seems to be gone this last 2 or 3 years. However, I have developed psoriasis as a consolation. Are there any diagnosis, theory or known hazards or advantages to my tendency to snore this way?

Thank you.


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Oct 20, 2010
Snoring On The Exhale
by: Kevin Morton

Hey Grant, thanks for writing in with this. I don't know anything myself about the distinction between snoring on the inhale and snoring on the exhale. I'll see if I can find anything out with this, and if I do I'll update this page with whatever info I'm able to get. In the meantime, please share with us if you find our anything yourself.

Best wishes,

Feb 27, 2011
Co2 snoring
by: Anonymous

Grant, do you think psoriasis might be related with our breathing? That would be an interesting view, but haven't heard of much along those lines.

Kevin, are there any sleep studies that show a clear result of 'restricted inhale = lower o2 and restricted exhale = reduced co2 elimination? Thanks


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