How can someone tell the difference between snoring and sleep apnea?

Snoring is a major sign of sleep apnea. The difference is, with sleep apnea, the snoring is accompanied by pauses that are followed by choking or gasping, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Many times, people don’t know they are snoring or gasping in the midst of snoring, but rather, a family member points it out to them.

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. If you think you might have sleep apnea, talk with your doctor. A sleep study might need to be done to determine if you have sleep apnea and how severe it is.

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