Snoring is sometimes an infrequent or innocuous event. Often, however, it is a chronic problem affecting the amount and quality of sleep (this be true for the sleep partner, also) and millions of people are searching for the way to stop snoring. It often occurs in sleep apnea, which can be a serious medical problem, this is where a CPAP machine can help.
While some people ignore snoring, and others may seek out surgery to correct the problem, some kind of device to maintain positive airway pressure (PAP) is a common solution. The pressurized air of PAP helps keep a space between the tongue and pharynx, and may also keep other parts of the air pathways (such as the alveoli and bronchioles (The lack of space between the tongue and pharynx is a major cause of snoring).