What is the difference between snoring and sleep apnea? - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

What is the difference between snoring and sleep apnea?

What is the difference between snoring and sleep apnea?

Both fall into the category of sleep disordered breathing.  Simple snoring reprsents a mild disorder where breathing becomes very loud but the upper airway is only partially obstructed during sleep.  Snoring is a common sypmtom of obstructive sleep apnea.  However, unlike mild snoring, sleep apnea is a serious medical disorder that occurs because the airway is totally obstructed during sleep and the patient stops breathing completely for 10 seconds or more.  In one night, a sleep apnea patient may experience 20 to 30 more "apneic events" (or involuntary breathing pauses).  If your partner hears loud snoring punctuated by silences and then a snort or choking sound as you resume breathing, this pattern could signal sleep apnea.

 

Source: Academy of General Dentistry

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