If I Snore do I have Sleep Apnea?

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Many people associate snoring with Sleep Apnea and for good reason.  According to the Chicago Tribune 50 to 80 percent of snorers have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  So the short answer is yes, if you snore you likely could have Sleep Apnea

Okay… Why?

Snoring is not a disease, it is a symptom, any part of the airway that is lacking support can relax during sleep and cause blockage in the airway.  This could be the tongue or any muscle tissue in the throat.  Many times this is enough to make you wake up in your sleep which is what Sleep Apnea is.  These brief moments of wake can cause the less peaceful and more fragmented sleep that people with OSA have.

What determines if someone has Sleep Apnea or not then?

Simply enough if the amount of times you wake up is numerous enough then it will qualify as Sleep Apnea.  If you only wake up for a few split seconds 1-2 times then obviously while not healthy, it won’t be significantly terrible for you either.

Ways to Fix Snoring

If your snoring isn’t too bad you can sometimes take small measures to fix it.  However if it’s bad enough you may need something more serious such as surgery or an oral appliance to fix it.

  • Lose some weight
  • Set up a humidifier in your bedroom
  • Sleep on your side
  • Stop drinking/smoking

Each of these are very powerful fixes.  Many people find that losing weight, although hard to do at first, is the best cure for sleep apnea.  Sleeping on your side is also a nice fix.  However this only works if you regularly sleep on your back.  Back sleepers allow their throat to relax during sleep which can cause snoring.  I realize drinking and smoking is a hard habit to kick.  I put it on there as a reminder to all who have that, that if you do kick it many times your snoring can go away too.