Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Nearly 70% of people who have sleep apnea snore at night. This is why Dr. Clancy recommends that any patient who experiences snoring on a regular basis undergoes a sleep test to see if they have sleep apnea. If you think you might have sleep apnea, there are other symptoms you can watch out for. For example, the louder you snore at night, the more likely you have sleep apnea.
If you think you might have sleep apnea, Dr. Clancy can refer you to a sleep clinic or recommend that you ask your regular physician to give you a sleep test. You can take a sleep test either at a clinic or in your own bed depending on your preference. The sleep test evaluates you while you sleep so that your doctor can determine if you have sleep apnea.
You can watch out for other symptoms related to sleep apnea such as:
- Bad memory
- High blood pressure
- Daytime sleepiness
- Depression or other mood disorders
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms in addition to frequent snoring, it’s incredibly important to have yourself checked for sleep apnea. Without treatment, sleep apnea is a life-threatening condition.