3. Sleep Apnea:
Exaggerated snoring, gasping, and choking while sleeping could be signs of sleep apnea, where you stop breathing in momentary intervals throughout the night. When your body isn’t getting enough oxygen while you sleep, this places additional stress on the heart and can be an early sign of heart trouble.
What to do: Listen to your spouse if they are telling you your snoring is out of control! Talk to your doctor about attending a sleep study or having a simple oxygen test administered while you sleep. Based on the results, further testing to validate the health of the heart can be done, as well as formulating treatment plans to address the sleep apnea (i.e. using a CPAP machine.)