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May 1, 1981

Mechanism of Snoring

JAMA. 1981;245(17):1729. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310420019008

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To the Editor.—  This is in response to the letter "Help a Snorer" (1980;244:1783). Whether wearing a cervical collar at bedtime cures snoring or not is debatable, but the rationale cited for its justification is wrong. Snoring sounds are not produced by obstruction of the trachea but of the upper respiratory airway. The trachea, because of its cartilaginous structure, should not be compressed unduly by the position of a subject lying on his back with the head sagging on the chest.