They both can sound like a jet engine, but the truth is, snoring and apnea are completely different issues. Snoring occurs when air irritates the lining of your throat and isn’t a real health issue per se; sleep apnea, a condition that affects 20 million Americans, causes you to literally stop breathing for 10 or more seconds due to a blocked airway. 10 percent of snorers also have sleep apnea—which can lead to heart problems, hypertension, etc. So talk to your doctor if you (or your awake-all-night bed partner) have concerns. Better rest awaits you!