What is the difference?
We know that snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea—that much we can agree on. However, as we mentioned earlier, just because you snore does not mean you also suffer from sleep apnea. The same goes for sleep apnea—you may not snore at all. Regardless of if you snore or have sleep apnea, it is important to seek further medical attention for a proper diagnosis. This can help us provide proper treatment options.
The main difference is that when snoring accompanies sleep apnea, it is joined by pauses in breath. For those seconds, you stop breathing because your airway collapses or is blocked. This can last from a few seconds to minutes, followed by choking, snorting or gasping.
At the end of the day, your health depends on not only how much sleep you are getting, but the quality of the sleep as well. If you or your partner are showing any signs of snoring or sleep apnea, it is important to receive a proper diagnosis—whether it is just snoring or something more serious like obstructive sleep apnea.