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Snoring or Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea

When does it stop being snoring and start being sleep apnea? We all know someone who snores; maybe it's your dad or grandpa, and everyone in your family teases them for being so loud even when they're sleeping. Maybe you're the snorer in the family, and no one can stand to sleep in the same room as you on family vacations.

Regardless of who does the snoring, few of us ever take it very seriously. Snoring is just one of those things that are kind of funny to poke fun at someone for while we write it off as normal and go about the day. The truth is far more sinister.

What is Snoring?

Snoring is the harsh or horse sound from air passing the tissues in your throat and causing them to vibrate while you sleep. Almost everyone snores now and again, and it doesn't necessarily denote a significant health problem. Chronic snoring, on the other hand, could be a sign of a more serious problem. To avoid snoring, try implementing some of the following lifestyle changes:

  • Lose weight
  • Don't smoke
  • Avoid alcohol close to bedtime
  • Sleep on your side rather than your back
  • Get enough sleep

What's the Difference Between Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

If people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea also snore, how can you tell the difference between what's causing significant health concerns and what isn't? While snoring is often associated with sleep apnea, the two are distinctly different. To tell the difference between the two, look for one of the following symptoms:

  • Breathing pauses during sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Morning headaches
  • Sore throat upon awakening
  • Gasping or choking at night
  • High blood pressure

Treating Sleep Apnea in Lynnwood, WA

Snoring can be innocent or a sign of something much more severe. Pay attention to the symptoms and signs outlined above to better differentiate between the two. Sleep apnea can have grave health implications for sufferers, so it's vital to seek a consultation from a medical professional such as Dr. Buck for more information. Call (425) 361-0715 today or visit our contact page here.

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