What is snoring?
Snoring occurs when the tissues in your throat relax. When you breathe, the relaxed tissues vibrate making a loud noise.
How are snoring and sleep apnea related?
Not all people who snore have sleep apnea, but most people with sleep apnea snore. Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, however sleep apnea snoring is different from regular snoring.
Regular snoring partially blocks your airway but does not cause any significant breathing problems. Sleep apnea snoring is the result of a partial or full obstruction of the airway. These obstructions severely restrict or stop your breathing, starving your body of oxygen. Theys are called apneas and hypopneas.
Sleep apnea snoring is related to other serious health conditions, including type two diabetes, hypertension and obesity.