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 who has already told you, think about whether you feel tired and groggy during the day, or find it difficult to focus. Both of these signs could point to the fact that you have a snoring problem.
If you want to know for sure whether you snore, record yourself while you sleep and play it back in the morning to discover whether you hear any audible snoring. Phone apps such as Snore Lab and others can also 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 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 will coordinate with your doctors and medical insurance to conveniently and quickly test for the possibility of sleep apnea. And with five Bay Area locations in Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Ramon, Los Gatos, and Sunnyville, a nearby visit to one of our sleep apnea doctors will put your mind at ease.