What Is the Thing That Hangs Down in Your Throat?

What Is the Thing That Hangs Down in Your Throat?

The uvula is the small piece of pink tissue that hangs down from the roof of a person's mouth near the throat. A uvula is an extension of the soft palate, and its purpose isn't fully understood.

A uvula may help prevent food from entering the sinus cavity while a person eats, and it may assist with speech. An elongated uvula can restrict airflow when sleeping, which can cause a person to snore or cause sleep apnea when the muscles in the back of the throat relax — resulting in the soft palate and uvula partially blocking a person's airway.