Individuals most likely to snore are males and those who are overweight, although snoring is a problem that can affect both genders and any weight. So how do you know if you snore? If you don’t have a partner that’s already told you, think about if you get tired and groggy during the day, making it more difficult for you to focus. That could clue you into the possibility of you having a snoring problem. If you want to know for sure, record yourself while you sleep and play it back in the morning, and see if you have any audible snoring. You may try phone apps such as Snore Lab along with others to assist you.
While many people who snore have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), not all snorers have OSA. if your snoring is accompanied by any of the following symptoms/signs, you should see a sleep apnea doctor for an evaluation:
- You make gasp, choke, or stop breathing while asleep
- You suffer from daytime tiredness
- You wake up to use the restroom
- You have difficulty concentrating
- You suffer from morning headaches
- You often have a sore throat
- Your sleep is not restful as you toss and turn often
- You have high blood pressure
- Your snoring disrupts others
- Your lack of sleep is harming your personal relationships
At Spark Sleep Solutions, we can coordinate with your doctors and medical insurance to conveniently and quickly test for the possibility of sleep apnea. Put your mind at ease by seeing one of our sleep apnea doctors in one of our five Bay Area locations.