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​3 Signs You Could Have Sleep Apnea—And Why You Should Address It Now

Prevention Logo By Becky Little of Prevention | Slide 2 of 5: <p>When you go to bed, all of your muscles relax, including the air path at the back of your throat. If that path becomes too small or "floppy," air struggles to get through, Goldberg says. As a result, you may gasp or choke in your sleep. However, unless someone tells you they’ve witnessed this happening, you may be in the dark. Physical signs of interrupted breathing aren’t always something that wakes you up, Goldberg says.</p><p>A “floppy” air path can also cause the muscles surrounding it to vibrate, resulting in a <a href="http://www.prevention.com/health/snoring-causes">snoring sound</a>. It’s another tricky symptom to identify because unless someone tells you, you won’t know that it’s happening. “When we’re asleep, we don’t know what we’re doing, but a witness may say, ‘Boy, that snoring is bad,’” Goldberg says. Keep in mind that snoring isn’t always related to sleep apnea and not everyone who has sleep apnea snores. But if you experience snoring as well as other symptoms on this list, you should speak to your doctor.</p><p>Try these yoga-inspired moves for a better night's sleep:</p>

Your partner says you snore or gasp in your sleep.

When you go to bed, all of your muscles relax, including the air path at the back of your throat. If that path becomes too small or "floppy," air struggles to get through, Goldberg says. As a result, you may gasp or choke in your sleep. However, unless someone tells you they’ve witnessed this happening, you may be in the dark. Physical signs of interrupted breathing aren’t always something that wakes you up, Goldberg says.

A “floppy” air path can also cause the muscles surrounding it to vibrate, resulting in a snoring sound. It’s another tricky symptom to identify because unless someone tells you, you won’t know that it’s happening. “When we’re asleep, we don’t know what we’re doing, but a witness may say, ‘Boy, that snoring is bad,’” Goldberg says. Keep in mind that snoring isn’t always related to sleep apnea and not everyone who has sleep apnea snores. But if you experience snoring as well as other symptoms on this list, you should speak to your doctor.

Try these yoga-inspired moves for a better night's sleep:

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