Sometimes snoring is just snoring, why would I need to see a doctor?
That may be true, but sometimes snoring is a sign of something a lot more serious. It can be directly associated with a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Not all snorers have OSA, but seeing a sleep specialist to evaluate your snoring problem could be a step in the right direction to treating your problem.
You should see a doctor if you are experiencing any of the following
- Noise during sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Morning headaches
- Sore throat
- Restless sleep
- Gasping or choking at night
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain at night
- Your snoring is so loud it's disrupting your partner's sleep
- You wake up choking or gasping
What should you do before you see your doctor?
- Write down the symptoms that you are having.
- Make a list of medications that you are currently taking.
- Write down a list of questions that you have for your doctor.
- Try the Nitetronic Anti-Snore Pillow to reduce your snoring.
- Don’t drink alcohol or take sedatives before bed.
- Try sleeping on your side instead of your back.
Once you see your doctor, he will determine if your snoring problems need further action such as a sleep study in a lab environment or an imaging test, such as x-rays or an MRI to check your airway structure for problems that may be contributing to your snoring.