As many as half of adults snore nightly, and about half of those who snore nightly actually have obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring occurs when a person’s airways are obstructed during sleep, causing them to make the harsh sounds that many of us know all too well. Gravity pulls down on the muscles and tissue at the back of the throat, narrowing the airway and causing the person to snore.
The people who are at the most risk for snoring are males and people who are overweight. While many men snore, snoring is still a problem affecting both genders, although data shows that more men snore than women. As people age, the effects of snoring increase drastically, creating breathing problems for them during the night.