Other Symptoms of Snoring

The main feature of snoring is the sound itself. Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, however, are more specific and include the following:

  • Cycles of sleeping, snoring, arrested breathing, snorting, and waking—For some people, these episodes last for up to 3 minutes and can occur hundreds of times each night.
  • Fatigue and daytime sleepiness
  • Mood changes, anxiety, depression
  • Problems in relationships, ability to work or go to school
  • Decreased sexual drive
  • Restless sleep—This is characterized by frequent trips to the bathroom, gasping, choking, and changing positions during sleep.
  • Memory loss, problems with focus, mental function, and judgment
  • Chest pain at night
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Headaches in the morning

Complications of Snoring

People who snore often do not get sufficient sleep, nor do their sleeping partners or others in the household. This can lead to strained relationships, daytime sleepiness, and poor concentration for all involved. Sleep deprivation can cause poor work performance and increase the risk for accidents and injuries.

Snorers who have sleep apnea have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension), heart failure, stroke, coronary artery disease, memory loss, pulmonary hypertension, mental health problems, and impotence (erectile dysfunction). Children with sleep apnea are more likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 15 Sep 2009

Last Modified: 27 Sep 2010