Can Sertraline cause snoring? (+5 sleep tips)

In this article, we will discuss if Sertraline causes snoring. We will also discuss the risk factors associated with Sertraline-induced snoring and some helpful tips for good sleep.

Can Sertraline cause snoring?

Sertraline can cause snoring in some people. Snoring is not a widely recognized side effect of Sertraline but there have been some reports of sleep-related breathing issues, including snoring, in people taking sertraline. However, the chances of this happening are quite low. (1,2)

Is there any connection between Sertraline and snoring?

Antidepressants are widely used for the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood disorders and other mental health conditions. Among them, Sertraline stands out as a common choice.

Antidepressants including Sertraline, can have various effects on sleep patterns and breathing. Some studies suggest that people using SSRIs like Sertraline may experience increased levels of anxiety, agitation, insomnia, restlessness, snoring and sleep apnea. (2)

Another research has indicated that people using Sertraline tend to have more frequent sleep apneas during the non-rapid eye movement (NREM) phase of sleep compared to non-medicated individuals with depression. (1)

While snoring is not explicitly listed as a side effect of Sertraline use, it is indicated in one research that Sertraline is linked to the development and worsening of sleep disorders including sleep apnea. (3)

Sleep apnea is characterized by loud snoring, breathing interruptions during sleep, gasping, choking and irregular breathing patterns during sleep. A person suffering from sleep apnea and taking Sertraline for depression can face loud snoring problems.

What are the potential risk factors for Sertraline-induced snoring?

While snoring is not a common side effect associated with Sertraline use, it is essential to recognise that some individuals may be more susceptible to snoring and sleep-related breathing issues with Sertraline. Several factors contribute to this heightened risk:

History of sleep disorders

People having a history of sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), insomnia, restless legs syndrome (RLS) and sleep-related breathing problems, are more likely to experience snoring. Sertraline can potentially worsen sleep problems.

Chronic nasal congestion

Chronic nasal congestion can obstruct airflow during sleep leading to snoring. The use of Sertraline for mental well-being, while nasal congestion is unaddressed, can potentiate snoring. Addressing nasal congestion through appropriate measures can help mitigate this issue.

Use of multiple antidepressants

As stated earlier, the use of antidepressants can cause snoring and sleep problems. Some individuals with depression may be prescribed multiple antidepressants, increasing the risk of snoring. Close monitoring and dose adjustments may be necessary in such cases.

What to do if Sertraline causes snoring?

If you find that Sertraline is making you snore or causing other sleep-related problems, talk to your doctor. Inform them if you already have sleep problems or are facing them now after Sertraline therapy. Your doctor can recommend dosage adjustment.

Typically, Sertraline is titrated and the dose is gradually increased to avoid side effects. Your doctor may also suggest a sleep study to assess your sleep patterns and rule out underlying sleep disorders. This can provide valuable insight into the cause of your snoring and guide treatment decisions.

You should also try to have good sleep hygiene. Here are some healthy sleep habits that can help you avoid snoring.

  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Take Sertraline daily at the same time to ensure a uniform therapeutic effect.
  • Sleep on your side because sleeping on your back makes snoring more likely. Sleeping on your side keeps your airway open and reduces snoring.
  • Avoid alcohol before bedtime as it relaxes the muscles of the throat making snoring more likely. Alcohol can also interact with Sertraline.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases the risk of soring. Regular exercise and a balanced diet can help you in weight management.
  • Create a comfortable sleep environment. Ensure your bedroom is conducive to restful sleep.


In conclusion, Sertraline has been reported to cause snoring and other sleep-related breathing problems in some people however the risk of this side effect is very low.

If you find yourself snoring while taking Sertraline, don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider for dose adjustment and guidance.

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