Can you snore when you are awake?

By Crayon Latest Activity March 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm Views 61,138 Replies 5


My hubby says I SNORE, but some of the time I'm awake!

He's even told me to go to a doctor & find out what the problem is. One of us (usually me) goes down to the sofa to sleep!

Where do I go, which way do I turn!

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  • cookie48
    cookie48 March 18, 2010 at 2:06 pm   

    Hello everyone, i too am a snorer and have been for years until i found out why which was sleep apnea, when i don't sleep with my machine my kids that live right next door to me say they can hear me through the wall so you know that's loud. So Tracy don't feel bad there are things available to help with it, unlike so many other bigger health problems that don't have a cure.

  • Milford
    Milford March 16, 2010 at 10:52 pm   

    Tracy I have done the same thing. Yes I was caught myself snort or snore when I was awake. It is terrible but in many movies I fall asleep for some reason. Sometimes when the picture on the big screen moves fast it sometimes makes me go to sleep? Does anyone else have this happen?

  • Tracy
    Tracy March 14, 2010 at 6:55 pm   

    Snoring while awake - been there, done that and with embarrassment!

    Before I was diagnosed in '89, and my kids were young, I would take them to the movies. It never failed, they would nudge me and say 'MOM SHHHHH YOU ARE SNORING" - I KNOW I was awake and watching the movie but had no idea I was making snoring sounds. It really baffled me and man was it embarrassing. I'm surprised other movie goers never threw popcorn at me!

    I now know that I was in stage one sleep, which is the transitional stage where we begin to fall asleep, are usually aware of our surroundings and can be easily aroused back in to wakefulness ( just ask my kids) AND we may have NO IDEA we were actually "clinically" asleep.

    You see, we can have an apnea episode early in stage one sleep, that's what happened to me and is likely happening to you!

    Ask your hubby if he notices a SILENCE before the snoring sounds…that is the TELL for sleep apnea!

    Hope you have the overnight sleep study to either diagnose or rule out sleep apnea! Just ask your primary care physician to order a sleep study or refer you to a sleep doctor. Just do it, apnea never gets better if left untreated.

    Let us know what you decide - AND if you are diagnosed there are plenty of people here on sleep connect who will help you through your start on CPAP!

    Best to you!

  • Avera
    Avera March 14, 2010 at 12:58 am   


    "Snoring is caused when the soft palate (the back of the roof of the mouth), and other tissue in the mouth, nose and throat, vibrates. The vibration occurs when the air you breathe does not flow smoothly through the air passages. Snoring can occur when you are breathing in or out.

    When you sleep, the muscles in your mouth, throat and nose relax so are more likely to vibrate. You do not snore when you are awake because the tissues are not relaxed enough to cause any vibration."

    If you are looking for something to do about your snoring problem, you can find some possible solutions to try right here on this site. Here are some links to some articles here on "SleepConnect" that will help you learn what plan YOU want to take. Just click on any or all of them to be taken to the articles.

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