No morning alarms were necessary in the home of Stephanie Witsken, 41, of Trenton, Ohio.
Her daughter Mallory's "loud snoring and disruptive breathing" kept Witsken and her family awake throughout the night ever since the girl was 2 years old.
"Mallory snored so loud it disturbed our entire household," Witsken says. She recalls Mallory "gasping for breath throughout the night," so much so that during a school sleepover Mallory's teachers took turns keeping watch on her as they felt she was "unsafe" from the gasping spells.
Mallory's snoring -- all night, every night -- spurred the Witsken family's quest for answers by the time she turned 3. Their questions led them from their pediatrician to an ear, nose and throat specialist -- and even a sleep specialist.
It turns out that their concern may have been warranted. Aside from being a nocturnal annoyance, a new study confirms, snoring in young kids can have implications for their behavior later on.