Most people with sleep apnea snore

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.
Normal sleep

Your throat is held open and you hardly make any sound when breathing


Your throat muscles partially relax resulting in a snore. Your body is still receiving enough oxygen

Sleep Apnea

Your throat muscles partially relax or close, stopping or restricting your breathing. This may cause you to snore, choke or gasp for air

How do I know if my snoring is sleep apnea?

The only way to know if your snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea is to have a sleep test Common risk factors include:

Can I treat snoring by addressing my sleep apnea?

It is important to determine if your snoring is related to sleep apnea. Some treatment may help your snoring, but not your sleep apnea which can cause other health concerns

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Different causes of snoring require different treatment. Always consider any treatment under the guidance of a sleep physician or doctor.
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