8. Get Tested For Sleep Apnea
One of the most common causes of snoring is a serious sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a condition that occurs when the airway becomes obstructed at night. The airway becomes so obstructed that it actually causes the person to stop breathing at night. The lack of oxygen alerts the brain to wake up to get oxygen and is usually accompanied by coughing and choking. After the person starts breathing again they quickly fall back asleep. The apnea events can occur hundreds of times throughout the night and dramatically impact the quality of sleep. Most people don’t even remember waking up throughout the night because it occurs so quickly.
Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include snoring, morning headaches, sore throat, daytime sleepiness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, coughing and choking throughout the night, and more.