Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience and a medical advice columnist for Newsmax Magazine. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Is My Husband's Snoring a Sign of Apnea?

Monday, 22 Apr 2013 10:42 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: My husband has recently started snoring very loudly and I’m worried he has sleep apnea. How can I tell?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Sleep apnea is associated with following symptoms: excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia), loud snoring, (usually more prominent in obstructive sleep apnea), episodes of breathing cessation during sleep, abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath, awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat, morning headache, and difficulty staying asleep (insomnia).

If he has any of the above symptoms in addition to his snoring, you must visit your doctor who can test him for sleep apnea. Testing is done by a polysomnogram, a sleep study. But be sure to talk to your doctor about the loud snoring, especially snoring that's punctuated by periods of silence.



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