There are a lot of reasons that you might be snoring when you are asleep. One of them is that you might have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea means that you stop breathing for a moment or two and then start again. This may happen several times a night. That can lead to snoring. The reason that you stop breathing off and on is that your airway becomes briefly obstructed, by your uvula or your soft palate. Sleep apnea can cause all kinds of health problems. That's why you need to have some kind of treatment for it. There are a number of ways that you can treat your sleep apnea.
CPAP stands for constant positive air pressures. The way that this works is that it's a machine that blows a constant steady stream of air into your mouth and/or your nose every night as you sleep. It will help to keep any obstruction from blocking your trachea. You will need to have a mask so that you can do this. The masks come in a variety of styles, from just a cannula that you wear over your nose, to a mask that you wear over your nose, all the way to a full face mask. Which one you use really breaks down to what is comfortable for you and what your doctor or respiratory technician suggest might be the best for you.
Another option for treating your sleep apnea is to use a mouthpiece. This mouthpiece will fit over your teeth similar to a mouthguard you wear in sports, but it will go over your top and bottom jaw at the same time. It helps to keep your jaws perfectly situated, which will keep anything from blocking your airway. It will have to be perfectly fitted to your mouth, so your doctor will have to refer you to a dentist that does this kind of treatment. They will make a mold of your mouth in order to make sure that the appliance fits you the way that it should and that you will be comfortable while you are wearing it in your sleep.
If you have sleep apnea, it's important to make sure that you are treated for it. Having sleep apnea puts you at higher risk of things like heart attacks and you don't want that to happen. There are a number of ways that you might treat your sleep apnea. Contact a sleep apnea doctor for more help.