Question: My husband snores very loudly and I’m worried he has sleep apnea. How can I tell?
Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Sleep apnea is associated with following symptoms: excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia), loud snoring, (usually more prominent in obstructive sleep apnea), observed episodes of breathing cessation during sleep, abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath, awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat, morning headache, and difficulty staying asleep (insomnia).
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If he has any of the above symptoms in addition to his snoring, you must visit your doctor who can test him for sleep apnea. Testing is done by a sleep study. But be sure to talk to your doctor about the loud snoring, especially snoring that's punctuated by periods of silence.
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