- 20 Facts about Sleep & Snoring
20 Facts about Sleep & Snoring
Courtesy of British Snoring
on 27th Jun 2016
- 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
- The louder one snores, the more likely one is to
- 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
- More than 1000 studies of sleep deprivation have
been published over the past 100 years.
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