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Beyond Annoying: How To Identify The Sounds of A Troublesome Snore

Most snoring is harmless, aside from the misery it might cause your bed mate. In some cases though, it's a sign of sleep apnea, a serious condition. Here's how to know the difference.
When is a snore just annoying and when is it a sign of sleep apnea? Luckily, they sound pretty different. Source: Aleksandra Shutova / EyeEm

An estimated 40 percent of adults in the U.S. snore. And, men: You tend to out-snore women. (Yes, this may explain why you get kicked or shoved at night!)

And despite the myth that snoring is a sign of deep sleep, there's really no upside to it.

"Snoring really does not demonstrate anything good, " says , an ear,

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