man sleepingSnoring is the vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping.  In some cases, the sound may be soft, but in most cases, it can be loud and unpleasant.  Snoring during sleep may be a sign, or first alarm, of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  Research suggests that snoring is one of the factors of sleep deprivation.  Not all snorers have OSA, but if snoring is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, it may be an indication to see a doctor for further evaluation for OSA.


  • Witnessed breathing pauses during sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Morning headaches
  • Sore throat upon awakening
  • Restless sleep
  • Gasping or choking at night
  • High blood pressure
  • Chest pain at night
  • Frequent arousals during sleep
  • Nausea
  • Becoming irritable or temperamental easily
  • Severe anxiety or depression
  • Poor job performance
  • Brain fog
  • Impotence
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Teeth clenching


  • Hyperactivity
  • Poor attention span
  • Poor performance in school
  • Development delay
  • Noisy breathers
  • Obesity
  • Frequent upper airway infections
  • Earaches
  • Bed wetting
  • Nocturnal mouth breathing
  • Snoring
  • Restless sleep 
  • Nightmares