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While snoring is a health problem in and of itself, most people don’t know that it may also be an indicator of other sleep disorders, one being obstructive sleep apnea.
Snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, but don’t panic, not everyone who snores has or will have obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to temporarily stop breathing when you are asleep. People who have a family history of sleep apnea, are overweight, and suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure are more susceptible to developing obstructive sleep apnea.
Although snoring is a leading indicator, according to The Sleep Foundation, this evaluation can help to determine if you or your partner’s snoring warrants a visit to the doctor:
Many people are occasional snorers, especially if they’re experiencing a cold or congestion—or anything that causes a temporary blockage of the airways. With an underlying sleep disorder like obstructive sleep apnea, though, an individual will snore nearly every night even when he or she is in good health.