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FAST FACTS: SLEEP APNEA vs SNORING

May 09, 2016
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Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH
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sleep apnea, osa, snoring

 

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DID YOU KNOW? 

 

 

  • Sleep apnea almost always includes snoring as a symptom
    HOWEVER... Ordinary snoring does not necessarily signal sleep apnea 

  • Sleep apnea-related snoring occurs mostly during REM sleep
    HOWEVER... Ordinary snoring happens across every sleep stage

  • Sleep apnea is considered a sleep-related breathing disorder
    HOWEVER... Ordinary snoring is not considered a sleep disorder 

  • Sleep apnea may be completely silent 
    HOWEVER... Ordinary snoring is never completely silent  

  • Sleep apnea is most commonly treated using positive airway pressure (i.e. CPAP) 
    HOWEVER... Ordinary snoring is not usually treated with positive airway pressure 

  • Sleep apnea is estimated to affect 45 million Americans
    HOWEVER... Ordinary snoring is estimated to affect 90 million Americans


LEARN MORE ABOUT SLEEP APNEA AND SNORING HERE:

When is my husband's snoring more than annoying?  
What Is Sleep Apnea? (Signs, Symptoms, and Risks)


 

FAST FACTS courtesy:
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
National Sleep Foundation
ResMed
US National Library of Medicine

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