Millions of people in the Netherlands snore. Some only occasionally, because they have, for example, a cold. But others always snore. Snoring seems to be an innocent condition, which can be annoying, especially for the partner. However, snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, a serious condition where breathing is faltering or even stops occasionally.
Snoring sounds can arise in various places in the mouth and throat. This is due to a narrowing of the airway and the additional vibration of the tissues. The most common areas where snoring sounds occur are the soft palate and the uvula. Snoring can also be the result of the tonsils and tongue sinking back into the throat or the closing of the laryngeal valve.