Snoring is one of those problems that often bothers other people more than the person who does it. Many people who snore don't even know it. However, it can drive others crazy: spouses, roommates, neighbors, even dogs.
The noise of snoring happens when a person's airways are partially obstructed during sleep. When the airways are totally blocked, an apnea happens: that's when a person stops breathing briefly during sleep. So it's hardly a surprise to learn that people with obstructive sleep apnea also snore.
Snoring can be loud and disturb others, but snoring in and of itself isn't bad for your health. However, missing breaths during sleep is indeed a health problem. Snoring can be a symptom of a more serious sleep disorder, like sleep apnea. If your snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, then you should discuss it with your doctor or dentist. Sleep apnea treatment can stop snoring and make your sleep more restful.