There are many incorrect beliefs regarding snoring, including that it is a common occurrence. Snoring can be more than an obnoxious sound for a bed partner; it can be indicative of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is fatal in some cases, and therefore is extremely important to treat. If snoring is present with excessive daytime tiredness, sleep apnea may be the cause.
Snoring is to sleep apnea as coughing is to pneumonia. It is a symptom that is present in most cases of obstructive sleep apnea, just as most people with pneumonia also have a cough. Snoring should always be evaluated to make sure it isn’t caused by obstructive sleep apnea. If you have a snorer in your life, encourage that person to get tested. You could save his or her life!