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Snoring is a sound generated by the vibrations of throat structures during sleep. It is known to be an important symptom of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. However, snoring can occur in the absence of sleep apnea. Cues that help distinguish the snoring of sleep apnea from "simple" snoring include the severity of the snoring, the presence of choking or gasping noises, and witnessed breathing pauses during sleep. These findings typically require a medical evaluation and sleep study.

In addition to sleep apnea, snoring has other associations. Snoring has been identified as a risk factor for the development of hypertension. Snoring associated with increased resistance in the throat can lead to sleep disruptions and result in daytime sleepiness. This is known as the upper airway resistance syndrome.

Lastly, it may be argued that snoring in the absence of sleep apnea and increased throat resistance is not just a "simple" problem. Snoring constitutes a nuisance when the sleep of a bed partner is disturbed. This sleep disturbance to the bed partner has been linked to symptoms of insomnia and daytime sleepiness.

PCCAB has a dedicated web site related to our Sleep Services. Please click the link below to learn more about this division of our services.

Sleep Medicine Associates of Maryland


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