Test Your Snoring IQ

Snoring is a major affliction for millions of people. Defined as noisy breathing during sleep, the disorder can be hard on spouses, children, even the neighbors. The health risks for snorers are serious.

There are many causes and treatments for snoring, but there are also some unproven remedies that offer little or no help. Let’s see if you have what it takes to diagnose a nighttime case of troubled breathing.

Take SleepBuilder’s Snoring IQ Test

The questions are adapted from “Your Guide to Healthy Sleep” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Answers are at the bottom of the short quiz. Good luck!

1). Up to ___% of all adults snore loudly and frequently.

  • 5%
  • 20%
  • 50%
  • 65%

2). Snoring is more likely during pregnancy.

  • True?
  • False?

3). Who snores the most?

  • Children
  • Young adults
  • Middle-age adults
  • Senior citizens

4). The part of your throat that vibrates during snoring is called the:

  • Pharynx
  • Epiglottis
  • Larynx
  • Esophagus

5). Drinking will relax the muscles around your throat and help prevent snoring.

  • True
  • False

6). The _____ the tissues in your soft palate (the roof of your mouth in the back of your throat), the more likely you are to snore while sleeping.

  • Smaller
  • Larger
  • Narrower
  • Softer

7). Which population group snores the least?

  • African Americans
  • Asians
  • Hispanics
  • Caucasians

8). Which sleep disorder is most frequently associated with snoring?

  • Sleep apnea
  • Sleep talking
  • Sleep walking
  • Restless Leg Syndrome

9). Which of the following is not considered an effective home remedy for snoring?

  • Losing weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Eating before bedtime
  • Raising your head with pillows
  • Sleeping on your side

10). Snoring in children has been linked to:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Poor grades
  • Lowered attention span
  • All of the above


Answers: 1). 50%; 2). True; 3). Middle-age adults; 4). Pharynx; 5). False; 6). Larger; 7). Caucasians; 8). Sleep apnea; 9). Eating before bedtime; 10). All of the above

Sleep Genius: 9-10

Sleep Expert: 7-8

Asleep at the Wheel: 6 and under