Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd 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.
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Is Snoring Always due to Sleep Apnea?

Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 04:22 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: My wife snores so loud that I can't sleep. But she doesn't have apnea. Is there any danger if she just snores, but it doesn't wake her up at night?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Snoring without apnea may not be immediately dangerous. But are you sure she is not developing a sleep apnea condition or suffering from an airway obstruction when she sleeps?
 
It would best for her to be screened for sleep apnea and any airway obstruction. If she is overweight, she should consider weight management.

Regardless, she needs to be examined by her physician for obstructive sleep apnea to be sure there are no underlying conditions that need intervention now.

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