1. Loud Snoring
Snoring is one of the biggest indicators that you have sleep apnea. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t think that snoring is a serious problem. This is all thanks to snoring being depicted as a funny noise in movies and TV shows. Snoring isn’t something you should laugh about though. Snoring is the sound your throat makes when the airway is obstructed. Usually, if you only snore when you’re sick, you don’t have much to worry about. However, if you’re snoring night after night, this is an indicator that something larger is going on.
Snoring occurs when the airway is narrow. It’s a result of air having a difficult time passing through and the sound comes from the vibrations in the throat. In most sleep apnea cases, the soft tissue such as tongue, throat muscles, and muscles in the top of the mouth relax when you drift off to sleep, and they collapse into the airway. This can either fully or partially obstruct the airway. With sleep apnea, the airway becomes fully obstructed.
Obstruction can also be a result of drinking alcohol, taking relaxants, nasal problems, sleep position, mouth anatomy, or sleep deprivation.