Yes, the most common sign of sleep apnea is loud and consistent snoring throughout the night. This is because sleep apnea commonly occurs when the tongue and other soft tissues at the back of the mouth periodically fall back and blocks the airway. And when the blockage is partial, the tissues may audibly vibrate (snoring).
Since most people who have sleep apnea and snoring, you may be thinking that if you snore excessively throughout the night that you definitely have sleep apnea and need to see a sleep specialist. However, this is simply not true, considering that the overwhelming majority of people who snore do not have sleep apnea.
My whole life I thought that I was completely silent at night and had no idea that I snored. However, after moving in with my wife I learned that I had a horrible snore. She made it loud and clear that my snoring was loud enough to wake the dead, and that it was ruining her sleep. She mimicked my snoring sounds so that I would know what it sounded like, but I found it hard to believe that I snored. I was in denial.
It got so bad that she had trouble sleeping in the same room as me and would lock me out of the bedroom so that she could go to sleep without having to hear the loud snoring.
Now most of us don’t think we snore and don’t know that we snore unless someone else tells us. And since snoring is a warning sign, of sleep apnea, I urge you to have someone watch you sleep to see if you snore. If you don’t have a bed partner to watch you, then download a snoring app for your phone or videotape record yourself sleeping so that you can see if you snore. If you determine that you do have loud or chronic snoring you should talk to your physician about it.
For myself, it turned out that I did have asleep apnea and snoring which was one of my personal warning signs. Like a fire alarm, snoring is a warning of the danger that demands your attention.
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I hope you enjoyed this blog post about sleep apnea and snoring and I urge you to continue educating yourself about sleep apnea.
If you can learn about sleep apnea and then educate others then you will help save lives and make the world a better place!