Symptoms of Snoring

For some it is a laughing matter, for others a sound that would give them sleepless nights and irritation while trying to sleep. Nowadays, doctors say that your family member’s snoring problem may actually be connected to even greater health problems such as sleep apnea, other sleeping problems, or other sleep-related breathing problems.

If the snorer appears to sleep and breathe normally, doctors would conclude that is is perfectly normal. However, the snorer’s relatives are usually these ones at risk of having sleepless nights. And even if snoring is not a medical problem for home, it can become a serious social problem for the patient. Here are signs and symptoms of problematic snoring.

Sleep apnea – It is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. Doctors listen intently to check if the patient has a tendency to skip one or two breaths, which occurs repeatedly throughout sleep. This causes low amounts of oxygen in the blood.

Restless legs syndrome – Also called as Wittmaack-Ekbom’s syndrome, the RLS is a condition characterized by an irresistible urge to move one’s body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations.

Sleep disruption – A patient may have his or her sleep disrupted because of snoring, and may end up having difficulty waking up in the morning or a feeling of insufficient sleep. They may tend to take daytime naps, fall asleep during meetings and even while driving.