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Snoring Symptoms & Diagnosis


The main symptom of snoring is noisy breathing during sleep.

The following symptoms may indicate that obstructive sleep apnea is causing the snoring:

While sleeping:

  • Gasping
  • Choking
  • Long pauses in breathing
  • Sudden awakening

While awake:

  • Sleepiness and fatigue during the day
  • Slowness in mental functioning
  • Headaches


If your snoring is severe, the doctor will want to make sure you do not have obstructive sleep apnea. Diagnosis may involve:

  • Physical exam of the throat, neck, mouth, and nose
  • A sleep study in a laboratory to determine how the snoring disrupts your sleep

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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