20 Facts about Sleep & Snoring

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  • There are 15 million snorers in the UK alone.
  • Snoring is common, but it is not ‘normal’.
  • The 3 main reasons for snoring are: being overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • The snoring ‘sound’ is air turbulence vibrating the structures in the ‘upper airway’.
  • Snoring sounds range from 50dB to 100dB – the equivalent of a pneumatic drill.
  • Snorers are 3 times more likely to suffer adverse health conditions than non-snorers.
  • Snoring can be hereditary – nearly 70% of snorers have a familial link.
  • Bed partners of snorers report they have just 3 – 5 hours sleep per night.
  • Bed partners of snorers visit their GP more frequently than bed partners of non-snorers.
  • Snorers and their bed partners are more likely to be hard of hearing than non-snorers and their partners.
  • Over one third of couples report disharmony within their relationship due to snoring.
  • Sleep quality rather than quantity is more of an issue. Poor sleep quality exacerbates poor health.
  • Sleep loss affects newly learned skills more than well known skills.
  • Bed partners of snorers physical and mental health improves significantly once the snorer has been treated.
  • Despite evidence to the contrary, bed partners report better sleep quality when sleeping with their snoring partner, than when sleeping alone...
  • The louder one snores, the more likely one is to be overweight.
  • More than 50% of patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) have high blood pressure, whereas only 25% of patients with high blood pressure have OSA.
  • Regular snorers are 5 times more likely to develop hypertension, heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol than occasional snorers.
  • In 1910, we were sleeping for approximately 9 hours per night. In 2009, research shows we sleep for around 6 to 7 hours per night.
  • More than 1000 studies of sleep deprivation have been published over the past 100 years.
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