Sleep apnea isn’t the same thing as snoring, though snoring certainly is a symptom of the condition. Snoring typically occurs when the soft tissues of your mouth—your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and throat—block your airway during sleep. These tissues vibrate as you inhale and exhale, causing the snoring sound. While that might seem disturbing enough, especially to those you live with, you actually stop breathing multiple times during the night when this happens. As a result, you may experience restless nights and sluggish, unproductive days. If you snore, frequently wake during the night, or know you have sleep apnea in Fairfax or Fredericksburg or Manassas, VA, we encourage you to learn more about this condition at Greater Washington Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and receive the treatment you need for a full and healthy life.