Symptoms of Snoring

The noise you make when sleeping may be your only symptom—and you may not be aware of your own snoring if it doesn’t wake you up.

If you snore and stop breathing temporarily, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of sleep apnea, which can be a serious medical condition. You should see your sleep medicine specialist if:

  • Your partner tells you that you snore loudly or stop breathing at night.
  • You are sleepy during the day even if you get a full night's sleep.
  • You have a sore throat and dry mouth every morning.
  • Sleep does not refresh you, and you feel exhausted when you wake in the morning.
  • You have had a hard time controlling your blood pressure or blood sugars.
  • You have atrial fibrillation that has been hard to control, resistant to attempts to revert to a normal heart rhythm.
  • You have a hard time falling asleep.
  • You wake gasping for breath at night.

Complications of sleep apnea include a greater risk of:

  • Heart conditions and stroke
  • Behavior problems, including aggression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Motor vehicle accidents