Understanding Snoring -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Snoring?

Most people easily identify the symptoms of snoring: rough, hoarse, fluttering breathing noises during sleep, which can vary in frequency, pitch, and intensity.

Call Your Doctor About Snoring If:

  • You are frequently overly sleepy and tired during the day. You could have obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious condition preventing you from getting enough oxygen during sleep.
  • You fall asleep in inappropriate settings, such as at the office or while eating or driving. You could have obstructive sleep apnea or narcolepsy, a disorder that causes sufferers to fall asleep during normal waking hours.
  • You live with a snorer and notice that his or her snoring is very loud or marked by intervals of no breathing at all. The person may have obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious respiratory condition.
  • The purpose of an evaluation for snoring is identifying potential causes of increased upper airway resistance and there are other conditions , besides sleep apnea, which are treatable such as chronic nasal congestion due to rhinitis or sinusitis, deviated nasal septum, or enlarged tonsils.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on July 23, 2019



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