Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

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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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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