If you google the phrase “funny snoring” and you’ll have an ample supply of memes, video clips, and jokes to keep you busy for a long time. From snoring pets to sassy cartoons, there’s no shortage of laughs around the subject of snoring.

While snoring can provide fodder for humor, it’s important to remember what snoring really is: a symptom. Yes, sometimes the cause of snoring is benign and can be remedied with weight loss, a reduction in alcohol consumption, or changing your sleep posture. But sometimes, it can be a sign of something much more serious, such as sleep apnea. When this is the case, it’s critical not to ignore this common symptom.

Snoring, especially loud or excessive snoring, is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea. If your bed partner has to sleep in another room because of your snoring, that’s a good indication that you need to be tested. Remember, the distance between a snore and an apnea episode, where breathing is completely stopped, is only a millimeter or two.

To learn more about the symptoms of sleep apnea, read some of our popular blog posts:

9 Sleep Apnea Warning Signs You Need to Know

Know the Signs of Sleep Apnea

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