Snoring can be annoying, but does it mean you have sleep apnea?
A lot of people snore when they sleep and they should, this is perfectly normal. It is estimated that 50% of people snore when they sleep. Although a common sleeping disorder is associated with snoring, just because you snore does not mean you have sleep apnea.
In fact, the majority of people who have sleep apnea are not even aware of it. Usually its friends or family that tell them. It’s also good to know that some people with sleep apnea do not even snore at all, so that myth is busted.
The Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring should be gradual and be consistent. There should not be any pauses or delays. Most people who snore also will snore at a somewhat quiet level. I find then when I’m really tired, I snore but its not loud enough to wake up the whole house.
When it comes to sleep apnea, you will notice that a patient will have long pauses in-between their snoring and in most cases can be fairly loud, even enough to wake themselves up. You will probably hear choking sounds as well.
Get an Appointment
Even though most people do not have sleep apnea its still worth getting checkout out at a sleep clinic. Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorder right now in the world.
Getting into a sleeping clinic can be tough so you might need to travel or get a doctor to set-up you up for one as most places need a referral before you can be admitted. It’s better to set-up an appointment right now just in case. You can also get your friends or your partner to help you out and observe your sleeping when you go to bed.
Here is a video of what it looks like when someone has sleeping apnea to help you diagnose your own situation.
It might also be a good idea to go over some common symptoms of sleep apnea such as:
- Loud snoring (the talk of the day!)
- Extreme fatigue
- Frequenting waking up during the night
- Morning Headaches
- Sore muscles and joints