Snoring is NOT a good thing. It came up again this morning while we were discussing cases in conference.
Time and again the story is that the individual is heard to be snoring shortly before their death. People lying on the floor snoring. People lying on the couch snoring. People lying on their bed snoring. People snoring really loudly. Most often the snoring is unusual for that individual or seems inordinately loud, it is “remarkable” snoring.
These snoring preceding death in these cases almost invariably involve individuals impaired by alcohol and drugs. The snoring is due to the fact that their airway is way too relaxed and they are not getting enough air (oxygen). Do not allow them to continue to lie there and snore. They are going to die. Chances are that they are not “going to sleep it off”.
Yes, some people snore every night, but if they are snoring loudly after drinking or using drugs (licit or illicit) the snoring is a sign of impending death. Get them medical help (911).
Consider this yet another of Coroner Keller’s Axioms, like no cocaine after 50 and get a doctor’s clearance if over 45 and participating in certain “extra-curricular” activities.