Why loud snoring is something to tell your doctor about

PhotoYour partner's loud and persistent snoring may be annoying, but it should also be a cause for concern. It could be a symptom of sleep apnea, a breathing condition that can carry health risks.

Sleep apnea is marked by the repeated starting and stopping of breathing during sleep. Loud snoring is one sign of the condition but so is feeling tired after a full night's sleep. Someone with sleep apnea never really falls into a deep, restful sleep. They keep waking up every few seconds, even if they aren't fully conscious.