Snoring is a major symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. But even though most people who have sleep apnea snore, not all people who snore have sleep apnea.
If you have sleep apnea:
- How loud and how often you snore changes often.
- Your snoring disturbs your sleep, such as pauses in breathing or gasping while sleeping.
- You stop breathing at times, and oxygen levels in your blood go down.
If you snore but don't have sleep apnea:
- Your snoring is steady.
- Your snoring doesn't disturb your sleep.
- You don't stop breathing, and oxygen levels in your blood don't change.
Current as of: November 7, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Hasmeena Kathuria MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine