Why People Snore
Snoring occurs when the tissues in the back of the throat block the air passages partially or completely. A partial blockage prevents proper airflow which is why we hear a sound. If the tissue collapses and blocks the back of the throat completely, the patient typically wakes up gasping for air. The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) reports that loud and frequent snoring is one of the indicators of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).