Sunday, December 18, 2011

Can you have sleep apnea without snoring?

One of the biggest signs of sleep apnea is snoring, but not just any kind of snoring, the snoring that sleep apnea sufferers have is a kind of grunting and then gasping for air.  Which is exactly what happens because your air way is blocked and when you grunt you wake yourself up to breathe, If your sleep apnea is pretty bad than this happens frequently through the night. That is why a sleep study is so important because the results of the tests will tell you whether you have sleep apnea or not. Lots of folks snore but not everyone has obstructive sleep apnea. But can you have sleep apnea without snoring.
I guess that would depend on what you would consider as snoring, whether it is the regular rhythmic snoring that goes without stopping or the grunting that I had earlier described. While I have read that it is possible to have sleep apnea with snoring I would think that it would be very rare and very dangerous. The loud grunting noise of sleep apnea is a great warning to you or your partner that something is definitely wrong.
But also keep in mind that there are other symptoms of sleep apnea such as daytime drowsiness which can be very dangerous especially if you do a lot of driving. Being unable to concentrate and to keep things in your memory can point to sleep apnea as well.
So if you feel that your sleeping (with or without snoring) is a problem have it checked out by a doctor who may want you to go for a sleep study.
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  1. I have OSA and I do not snore. During my sleep study, only a few gasps were reported - not really standard for OSA and not enough to wake my husband.
    I did however feel tired all the time.

  2. That's interesting, I would think that it would be very difficult to even suspect sleep apnea without snoring.
    thanks for the comment

  3. Those who snore and people who are afflicted by breathing difficulties struggle to get the ideal amount of sleep. When you notice your spouse having any of the symptoms, then it's time that you should take a step in finding out the real cause and treat it right away.

  4. I was just diagnosed with sleep apnea and I do not snore. Maybe once every couple of months I would wake myself up with one loud snore, which was actually me probably trying to catch my breath but other than that, I never snore. I don't know what type of sa I have because I haven't gotten the full results yet, but during the night of my sleep study, the tech woke me up to tell me I was having episodes of apnea and to put me on a cpap for the rest of the night. Hopefully will know more soon when doctor calls, which can't happen soon enough because I haven't slept in about 2 years and just want to get on a cpap already and SLEEP! Thx.