ELI5, How come our own snores don’t constantly wake us up?

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ELI5, How come our own snores don’t constantly wake us up?

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Firstly, they often do just not long enough to have us really experience it. This is one of many problems associated with sleep apnea – you think you’re asleep but you wake up tired because your gasp for air so frequently that you’re never really sleeping (but may never feel awake). Even shy of apnea a snorer may experience 20-25 “microarousals” (there is a joke in there) per night.

Secondly, our bodies ignore _a lot of things_. We live in a thunderous environment – the rushing of our blood, the beating of our heart, all sorts of noises. Our brain filters those out for us such that we can experience the noises on “the outside” even though from a pure physical connection perspective we’re getting massive vibration (noise) input from our own bodies.