Loud Snoring Indicates Danger
In one study, researchers were able to correlate the volume of snoring with a person’s sleep apnea risk. In this study, people with the quietest snoring, about 46 dB, less than the ambient noise of a quiet office, didn’t have sleep apnea. On the other hand, those with the loudest snoring, around 60 dB, about the sound of loud talking or laughter as well as the normal for most alarm clocks, had severe sleep apnea.
In other words, if you snore about as loud as you talk, you likely have sleep apnea. These days, you can often measure the volume of your snoring using a smartphone app.
It’s also important to note that women are less likely to admit snoring, even if they snore about as loudly as men.
But you don’t need to measure the volume of snoring to know if it’s a problem. If people around you are noticing you snore, then it’s loud enough to get treated–and you should get tested for sleep apnea at the same time.