Scientist hopes to crack the secret of snoring

c3ba131015d0793a809109e470dbb56eA grant from the National Science Foundation is supporting a Central Michigan University Professor’s research into the causes of snoring.

If you live with a snorer maybe it isn’t surprising to find that before turning to this particular line of research Jinxiang Xi used to work on jet engines.

He said the mechanisms are surprisingly similar.

“So the airplane is about 120-140 decibel, depends on how far you are from the airplane. Our snoring can be 90-120.”

Using MRI data and the sound of a person’s snore Xi will create a model that will help him pinpoint exactly what is causing the person to snore.

His hope is the information will make operations – particularly for people with common sleep apnea – much more accurate.