Mercy Hospital
305.854.4400
Mercy Hospital is a 488-bed acute care U.S. hospital located in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. It is Miami-Dade County’s only Catholic hospital and is a recipient of the MAGNET award.

When Should You Be Concerned About Snoring?

It’s not unusual to experience some light snoring from time to time. However, sometimes snoring can be indicative of an underlying problem that requires treatment. Sleep apnea, for example, has been linked to an increased risk of cardiac problems. It can be difficult to know when snoring ought to be evaluated by the experts at the sleep center at Mercy Hospital. If you ever have concerns about your sleep habits, you could consider discussing them with your primary care physician, who may refer you to the sleep center.

When Snorers Gasp During Sleep

Individuals with sleep apnea periodically cease and restart breathing in a cyclical manner during sleep. When breathing stops, the brain instructs the body to wake up to resume breathing. As the patient is briefly roused from sleep, he or she may gasp for air or give a snorting sound. Patients with sleep apnea rarely become aware of these indicators directly; rather, other sleepers may witness these events.

When Other Symptoms Are Apparent

In addition to gasping for air, sleep apnea can cause other signs and symptoms. Snorers may wish to be evaluated for a sleep disorder if they wake up with a sore throat, dry mouth, or a headache. Throughout the day, people with sleep apnea can display excessive sleepiness and concentration impairment; this is because they haven’t gotten a full night’s sleep. Irritability can also accompany sleep deprivation.

When Certain Medical Conditions Are Present

People who snore may wish to be evaluated by a sleep specialist if they also have other medical conditions. Sleep apnea is associated with cardiac problems, such as high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeats, and heart attack. Obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk of stroke. This sleep disorder may even increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and liver problems.

The specialists at the Mercy Hospital Sleep Laboratory in Miami look forward to meeting you and addressing your concerns. Our Sleep Laboratory features private rooms equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring technology to facilitate accurate diagnoses and inform effective treatment plans. You can request a referral to a sleep specialist by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (305) 854-4400.