Snoring is often a symptom of sleep apnea, the potentially dangerous disorder wherein a person repeatedly stops and starts breathing while sleeping. But does snoring always point to sleep apnea?
According to the Vancouver Sleep and Breathing Center, an estimated 30 percent of adults over 30 snore, and 40 percent of adults over 40 snore. Of the total snoring population, about 28 percent also experience sleep apnea.
If you’re told you snore a lot, the best way to determine whether you are at risk of developing sleep apnea is to consult your physician. This online test is a good place to start.
However, doctors point out, other factors besides sleep apnea can lead to loud bouts of snoring.