Do I have sleep apnea if I snore at night?

This question was asked in San Antonio, Texas on 08/28/2012.
Lately, well no not lately but for the past 4 or 5 years, I have had a snoring problem. It is very loud and my friends and spouse say it’s like I hold my breath then breathe again and its loud. What sleep disorder do I have?

Doctors Answers (3)

Farhad Sigari, MD, FACS
Answered on: 9/5/2012 9

Loud snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. The more concerning symptom is the "breath holding" you describe. This should be evaluated and likely a sleep study ordered.

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 8/30/2012

Most sleep apnea patients snore but many patients who snore do not suffer from sleep apnea. It sounds as though you do indeed have obstructive sleep apnea and should consult your physician soon who should order a sleep study to confirm the diagnosis and arrange treatment. jdh

Richard J. Schumann Jr., MD
Answered on: 8/29/2012

It is very likely that you have sleep apnea as well as snoring. You should have an evaluation of this to get a diagnosis and treated if you feel it is getting worse and you have excessive sleepiness during the day.