Snoring can be associated with other health conditions, such as sleep apnoea, says GP Dr Darren Green.
Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by complete or partial obstructions of the upper airway, Dr Green advises.
He explains that obstructive sleep apnoea can have effects on gaseous and respiratory functions, and can contribute to other conditions such as hypertension, obesity and excessive daytime sleepiness.
Not all chronic snorers have sleep apnoea, the doctor explains.
Sleep apnoea symptoms include:
- loud and regular snoring
- waking up after making snorting sounds
- gasping while asleep
- broken breathing
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- waking up feeling tired
- weight gain around the middle
- waking up with dry mouth
- feeling 'foggy' and lack of concentration
- impaired memory
- irritableness and poor mood
Snoring is certainly common, but definitely not normal.— Dr Darren Green, Health and Wellness expert
Everyone that snores does not have sleep apnoea.— Dr Darren Green, Health and Wellness expert
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