Sleep apnea is associated with snoring. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. But everyone who has sleep apnea snores loudly.
There are many dental and medical conditions that lead to snoring like being overweight, having a small retruded jaw (no chin), taking sedatives, having allergies, drinking alcohol before retiring or having an airway obstruction such as enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
You can ask yourself the following questions:
Do you snore loud?
Are you often tired during the day?
Do you know if you stop breathing, or has anyone witnessed you stop breathing while you are asleep?
Do you have High Blood Pressure, or take medication to control High Blood Pressure?
Are you overweight? Do you know if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is over 28?
Are you a male with a neck circumference greater than 17 inches, or a female with a neck circumference greater than 16″?
If you answered “YES” to two or more of these questions, you may be at risk of having sleep disordered breathing, like sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder in the country and it affects over 18 million Americans.