If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea -- a condition in which relaxation of the muscles around the tongue and throat causes the tissues to block airflow to the lungs while you sleep -- there are a number of treatment options to discuss with your doctor. Two of the most widely used and most effective are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and dental appliances, or mouth guards.
If you snore and do not have sleep apnea, your
snoring is steady and does not disturb your sleep. You do not stop breathing
and oxygen levels in your blood do not change.
In sleep apnea, how loud and how often you snore changes often.
Your snoring disturbs your sleep, your breathing stops at times, and oxygen
levels in your blood go down.
If you are overweight, you may have more tissue in your neck, which
can press down on the airway at night and block some of the airflow. Although
your breathing does not stop, your breaths may be smaller, so the oxygen levels
in your blood may go down. You may snore loudly and sleep badly.