Snore a Lot? How to Know if it Is Just Snoring or Sleep Apnea

Finding out whether or not you have sleep apnea is highly recommended if you snore a lot. Know that you are definitely not alone, as according to the American Sleep Apnea Association, around 90 million Americans snore a lot. If you think you have sleep apnea then it is worth your time to look into it further as it is a problem that needs to be addressed or it will get worse. Since there are potentially serious health consequences that come with extreme snoring and sleep apnea, finding out more information is going to help you come to a healthier conclusion.

The difference between snoring and sleep apnea

The following information allows those to understand the differences between snoring and sleep apnea.

Snoring: When someone snores, it is most often due to their upper airway becoming blocked. The tissues located in the back of the throat will relax so much that they end up blocking some of the upper airway, which forces the air in and out of the mouth. The sound of snoring is directly related to the tissues being pushed back and forth while the air is being forced in and out of the mouth.

When someone snores, it is most likely due to personal factors or the way they live their life. For example, if someone drinks a lot of alcohol, takes certain medications or smokes a lot, they are more prone to snoring. Those who are overweight are also more likely to snore when sleeping at night.

Sleep apnea: When someone has sleep apnea, they will actually stop breathing for short periods of time during the night when they are sleeping. These short periods of time can last for only a few seconds or even more than a minute. When someone is diagnosed with sleep apnea, they often feel very tired the next day because their sleeping is constantly interrupted throughout the night when they stop breathing for short periods of time.

While snoring is also a sign of sleep apnea, those with sleep apnea tend to snore much louder and will also stop breathing during the night for certain periods of time.

Still have questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your sleep apnea questions. The more you are able to understand about this sleeping disorder, the better able you are to understand exactly what is going on. Since sleep apnea can be a very serious disorder, it really is in your best interest to find out everything you can about this disorder to understand if it is something that you need to find a solution for. Know that our experienced dental team is always available to answer your questions if you have any. We hope to hear from you!

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