About Snoring


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When you sleep, you relax, and the muscles in your throat relax too. When lying on your back, your tongue and soft palate fall backwards. This causes the airway to become narrow and partially closes the upper airways. As a result the soft tissue structures of pharynx, palate and tongue vibrate and flutter while breathing, which causes the all well known snoring sound. Researches report that snoring is a leading cause of sleep deprivation.

Snoring is known to cause daytime drowsiness, irritability, lack of concentration and decreased libido. Multiple studies show a positive correlation between loud snoring and the risk of heart attack (about +34% chance) and stroke (about +67% chance). This is mainly due to the lack of sufficient oxygen supply during sleep. Snoring may be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)*.


More Than 1/3 Adults Snore

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37% Snore at Least a Few Nights a Week

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27% Snore Every Night or Almost Every Night

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About 22% of Women Reported Snoring

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43% of Adults Ages 35-44 (Gen X) Lose Sleep Due to a Partner Snoring. 24% Either Sleep in Seperate Bedrooms or Are Considering Doing So


Percentage of people age 30 and older who snore 30%
Percentage of people age 40 and older who snore 40%
Percentage of women who snore 19%
Percentage of people who say thier partner snores 59%
Percentage of children who snore 5.6%
Percentage of people who snore who also experience sleep apnea 28%
Average decibel level of snore 38dB(A)

Source: Vancouver Sleep and Breathing Center, Pediatrics, BBC News, July 28th, 2013
*Morris LG, Kleinberger A, Lee KC, Liberatore LA, Burschtin O (November 2008): Rapid risk Stratification for obstructive sleep apnea, based on snoring severity and body mass index.

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